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13
Feb
2017

The Convergence of Digital and Physical Customer Interactions in Today’s On-Demand Economy

My partners and I had a fantastic dinner in Boston’s North End a few weeks ago with seven of our portfolio CEO’s that lead companies in the marketing tech category of enterprise technology. The food and wine were great, and the discussion even better. In addition providing an update on Ascent’s activities and investing thesis, we facilitated a discussion amongst
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25
Jan
2017

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2016

It’s been a busy year here at Ascent and we’d like to take a moment to look back at 2016 and recognize the accomplishments achieved by our portfolio companies throughout the year. From impressive rounds of funding, to new partnerships and platform launches, 2016 proved a very successful year. Below are some of the highlights: ClickFox, the creator of the
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20
Sep
2016

Why we invested in Promoboxx

Last week we announced our participation in a new round of funding for Boston-based Promoboxx. We found the team’s deep industry knowledge and focus, combined with the sizeable opportunity in front of them, to be very compelling. What further differentiates Promoboxx is its impressive success generated from only a modest seed round of capital and organic revenue growth. We are
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26
Jul
2016

Why We Invested in Codeship

I’m thrilled to announce Ascent’s newest portfolio company, Codeship, a leader in continuous integration and continuous delivery. The company offers a cloud-based platform for developers to automate the laborious process of testing and deploying software updates quickly, reliably and securely. Codeship is 100% SaaS-based, providing the ease of trial and ease of use that is demanded by today’s leading developers.
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28
Jun
2016

Cisco announces its intent to acquire Ascent VC Portfolio Company CloudLock

This is an exciting day as Cisco announced its intent to acquire our portfolio company CloudLock (read more here). It’s a story that warrants celebration, especially in the Boston-area, where it is another example of Massachusetts’ global leadership in the IT security ecosystem. Since its founding in 2011, CloudLock has grown to be at the forefront of the cloud security sector,
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11
May
2016

Newest Investment: Pwnie Express – Next Generation Wireless Security

At Ascent, we have been investing in IT security for decades. As technology platforms shift, security solutions must both shift with them as well as rise to meet a more severe threat landscape posed by today’s sophisticated cyber criminals and nation-state sponsored hackers. As recent RSA conferences have shown, the challenge – and opportunity – posed by IT security has
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25
Jan
2016

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2015

We’d like to recognize the many successes and accomplishments our portfolio companies achieved in 2015. From impressive rounds of funding to key acquisitions, these companies continue to be leaders in their sectors. While we won’t attempt to capture them all, below are some representative highlights: CloudLock, a leading cloud cybersecurity and CASB provider, had a rewarding year filled with impressive
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23
Nov
2015

Transforming E-commerce Marketing with Sidecar

I’m excited to announce Ascent’s newest portfolio company, Sidecar, the leader in programmatic, product-level advertising. We at Ascent have been active investors in the ad tech space with companies like Bizo (acquired by LinkedIn for $175M) and StartApp (Deloitte’s #1 fastest growing tech company in the US ). We’ve seen the power of advanced analytics delivering superior results, especially through
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24
Aug
2015

Congratulations to StartApp, CloudLock and ZoomInfo for 2015 Inc. 5000 Recognition

We’d like to express our congratulations to our three current portfolio companies that made the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies list this year: Building a successful company is major challenge to begin with, but sustaining a high growth rate raises the bar even higher.  Their ability to achieve continued high growth is a testament to the strong leadership and
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19
Aug
2015

Congrats to Blue Coat – PerspecSys buy is wise choice

Congratulations to enterprise security industry leader Blue Coat Systems on their acquisition of PerspecSys. Our portfolio company PerspecSys, an early leader in the rapidly emerging cloud data protection market, was recently acquired by security gateway leader Blue Coat Systems.  This was a very savvy move by Blue Coat and it positions them well in the cloud gateway/cloud access security broker
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