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16
Mar
2016

RSA 2016: Key Takeaways

This year’s RSA conference was bigger than ever with more than 40,000 attendees. San Francisco buzzed with security vendors, buyers and investors as they crowded the lobbies of hotels and coffee shops with endless meetings. Being immersed in the atmosphere at RSA was both invigorating and overwhelming. It proved that while the need for cybersecurity solutions has never been more
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23
Feb
2016

The Combination of Cloud & Mobile and its Grip on B2B Automation – Part 1

Mention the words “cloud computing” to anyone outside the tech industry just five years ago and chances are you’d have been met with a blank stare. Today, everyone has some level of knowledge of the cloud, even if it’s just to understand that it’s where our smartphone stores our pictures. Cloud computing has come a LONG way since its birth
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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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10
Dec
2015

B2B IT Forum: How Cybersecurity is being handled today and a look ahead

With all companies now targets of cyber-attacks, and the average cost of a successful attack rising to $4 million, the demand for security talent is at an all-time high. But while cyber security jobs are up 74 percent in the last five years, more than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are unfilled. To add to the complexity, this
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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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