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14
Sep
2014

Announcing the October B2B IT Forum on the Internet of Things

Industry analysts have predicted 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, creating a several trillion dollar market in Internet of Things (IoT) goods and services. With claims that this sector could usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s important to look beyond the hype and better define the opportunities and challenges presented by IoT. The widespread
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04
Mar
2014

B2B IT Forum: How the Cloud Enables Legacy Market Disruption

Executives from Hailo, Invaluable, CustomMade and HubCast shared stories and insight regarding how their companies are transforming legacy markets.  While they are still relatively early on in their development, they have each made significant progress with some impressive stats and it is not too hard to imagine them becoming the Amazon or Orbitz of their industries. Invaluable, a marketplace platform
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17
Jan
2014

Next B2B IT Forum – The Shift to the Cloud: Disrupting Legacy Industries

By now the benefits of cloud computing are well understood. Whether by reducing costs, providing better services, or improving efficiencies, the cloud has transformed business operations in a wide range of industries. What’s not as widely known is how the cloud is disrupting legacy industries previously thought immune to the forces of the cloud. Now industries like taxi services, custom furniture
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27
Sep
2013

Big Data is Big Hype, but Data Analytics Delivers

At Ascent, we have been focused on the growth of data analytics – or as we called it back in 2008, the ”Explosion of Data” – for close to a decade. In the early days we backed companies such as ZoomInfo, Cymfony (acq. by TNS) and Bizo that comb the web, collecting data to build professional profiles or understand customer sentiment
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14
Aug
2013

Next B2B IT Forum – Data Analytics: Making It Real

We’ve long been excited at Ascent about the tremendous potential gains from the analysis of data and the complex business problems it can solve. And now I believe we’ve reached the point that organizations need to begin the shift toward data-driven decision making that can move the needle. But for many businesses, this shift is easier said than done. For
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14
Feb
2013

Mobile App Development in the Enterprise: What’s Next?

Mobile apps are expected to drive more than $38 billion in revenue by 2015, and enterprises have joined the cause. Not only has there been a significant shift in how enterprises develop and deploy software (enterprises now deploy more apps for employee internal use (22%) than consumers (12%), but smartphones have become the dominant interaction point for employees, as they
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19
Dec
2012

Five Winds of Change in Enterprise Sails (Sales)

If there was one theme that consistently arose during our enterprise sales strategy forum a few weeks ago, it was that selling to business now is a completely different ballgame than it was 10 years ago. Our panel, made up of sales and IT executives from companies like Staples, HubSpot, and American Tower, among others, provided significant insight into how
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28
Jun
2012

Inaugural B2B IT Forum Tackles Cloud Security

Anytime you start something new – be it a job, a training regimen, or in the case of the entrepreneurs we back, a company – there’s always a lot of excitement and energy. That was very much the case Tuesday when we held our inaugural B2B IT Forum at the Microsoft NERD Center. We heard great presentations, met a lot
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01
Jun
2012

Introducing the B2B IT Forum

Ascent Venture Partners is hosting a new series of meet-ups called the B2B IT Forum, with the inaugural event taking place on June 26th. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs and new companies in the Enterprise IT space. This will be not only a chance for you to learn about promising startups focused on rapidly emerging enterprise technologies, but also to hear from leaders of established, larger companies.

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