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03
Dec
2015

Ascent B2B IT Forum: The Paradigm of Security: Turning Cyber Threat into Opportunity

The modern security landscape is becoming a competitive arms race between cyber-attackers and defenders. Threats have matured, risks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and vulnerabilities across the enterprise are commonplace – and evolving. While security spending has ballooned as a result – Gartner forecasted that $77 billion would be funneled globally toward IT security efforts in 2015 – it is not
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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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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
Jun
2015

Welcome Peter Lee as CEO of Rapidminer

I’m thrilled today to welcome Peter Lee as the new CEO of RapidMiner. When we invested in RapidMiner in February of this year, we enthusiastically backed founder Ingo Mierswa and his vision to bring powerful, predictive analytics to the business analyst. Under Ingo’s leadership, the RapidMiner team developed the leading next generation predictive analytics platform (placed in the Leaders Quadrant
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09
Jun
2015

CloudLock Co-Founder and CEO, Gil Zimmermann Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® in New England

We love when our partners succeed. And today, we’re very pleased to offer congratulations to our portfolio company CloudLock, the leading provider of cloud cybersecurity solutions, and highlight their exemplary award recognition in the last couple weeks. Yesterday, co-founder and CEO Gil Zimmermann, was publicly named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England, recognizing his excellence and extraordinary
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31
Mar
2015

Call to Action: Pounding the Table for Security Budgets

The vicious cyberattacks on major organizations like Target, Home Depot, eBay, JP Morgan Chase and recently, Anthem, makes one thing clear: the severity and sophistication of cyberattacks has taken a major leap forward. Having thieves steal sensitive data such as credit card information or personal identities is extremely costly, both financially and to the brands’ reputation. Yet a new breed
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18
Feb
2015

Democratizing Analytics with RapidMiner

Today I’m happy to announce Ascent’s newest portfolio company, RapidMiner. In leading the $15M Series B financing of RapidMiner, we are following through on an investment theme I’ve been pursuing for several years – bringing advanced analytics to the business analyst. As we’ve all seen, there’s been tremendous hype around big data, but unfortunately many companies have been left disappointed
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22
Jan
2015

Retro Chic: The IoT Means Hardware Engineers Are Cool Again

In the beginning there were Military Engineers who built bridges and designed fortifications. When peacetime came, some headed to dig in the mines and others to build roads, canals and cities. For the first 50 years of the 19th century, engineers came in five basic flavors: Military, Mining, and Civil, and with the rise of steam, Naval and Railroad. In those
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