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14
Feb
2017

Leading with Love vs. Fear in Business [Valentine’s Day edition]

There are many ways to lead a successful business. Often, when thinking about leadership, we conjure up images of Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko who famously said, “It’s not about the people. It’s about the game.” That said, there exists an endless variety of leadership styles and philosophies – some more successful than others. This topic was a point of discussion
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08
Sep
2016

Four reasons why more foreign startups are moving to the Northeast

For more than 30 years, we have been laser focused on investing in early stage business technology in the northeast U.S. because we believe an ideal combination of factors exist: B2B tech has the potential for capital efficient and rapid growth which fits the venture model well, the competition is lower than the west coast, and, perhaps most importantly, the
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05
Aug
2015

What Really Makes an Entrepreneur Successful?

Google that question and you’ll have all the advice you could ever want or need.  One list of 25 items includes “grab attention,” “be accessible,” and “get involved.”[1]  Another list advises would-be entrepreneurs to be “highly self-motivated” and “exhibit strong leadership qualities.”[2]  A third suggests the need for a “strong inner drive” and “being excited by work.”[3]  A fourth: passion,
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11
Jul
2014

Three Keys for Graduating Entrepreneurs

As we enter the middle of summer, new college graduates are setting out to change the world with their innovative ideas.  The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,606,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate as the college Class of 2014. This year many of those students will choose to start their own companies, as entrepreneurship has
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10
Jun
2014

Five Ways to Advance your Career with Modern Data Architecture

Guest post by Todd Christy, Slalom Consulting and member of Ascent’s Technical Advisory Board. What do flat tires and Hadoop have in common? If you’re one of the 75 million drivers covered by the largest US roadside services provider you may experience the real value of “big data” when your tow truck arrives promptly to swap your tire or fill your
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23
May
2014

An Entrepreneur’s Summer Reading Guide

Whether a week at the shore or just a quiet Friday afternoon away from the algorithms, summer is a great time to catch up on reading. You’ll find below a grab-bag of book suggestions – old and new – for entrepreneurs, from Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and the new new thing to “big picture” reading and pure escapism.   The Art of the
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11
Dec
2013

Q&A with TimeTrade’s Gary Ambrosino

The retail industry’s transition from “bricks to clicks” has once again been top of mind during the holiday season, as online retailers and traditional brick-and-mortar stores alike have targeted customers with Cyber Monday deals and other Internet shopping sales. While more mobile and online shopping has occurred this year than ever before, a recent survey by Ascent portfolio company TimeTrade
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31
Oct
2013

Why “Pivot” Isn’t a Four-Letter Word

By Matt Fates and Eric Schultz In 2011, Eric Ries first used the term “pivot” to mean a “structured course correction designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, strategy, and engine of growth.”[1] While Ries’s vision and best-selling book inspired startups everywhere to chart new paths to success, in some circles there remains a stigma attached to
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23
Aug
2013

Q&A with Verivo’s Steve Levy

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Verivo CEO Steve Levy for 5 years. Steve is a sharp executive and has consistently built his businesses through creating new revenue models, extending product offerings, and identifying new market opportunities. It’s no surprise, then, that Verivo is considered an emerging enterprise mobility leader. Verivo helps businesses simplify the complexities associated with building, securing,
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04
Jun
2013

If Your Board Were “The Avengers”

Eric Schultz, HubCast Chairman and a Venture Partner at Ascent, clearly has been studying his superhero movies closely. Here Eric shares his thoughts on the similarities between Board of Directors dynamics and The Avengers. Read more of Eric’s work on the Ascent blog and on his personal blog, The Occasional CEO. For the half-dozen of you global citizens who missed
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