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Security
04
Apr
2014

Why the IT Security Markets Needs to be Even Greater than $60 Billion

In recent posts we’ve discussed how the shift to the cloud, the explosion of mobile usage, and the massive growth in data will help drive the next wave of productivity and economic gains for companies. But these new technologies also dramatically shif the nature of where data is, how much there is, and how it is accessed, and therefore require
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03
Mar
2014

Innovation & Immigration: The Lesson of WhatsApp

My partner Matt Fates and I have been traveling through Europe this past week as part of the fundraising process for our new fund. After a busy prior few weeks of domestic travel, I am eager to return home, but I do so with enhanced perspective.  While Putin intended the Sochi Olympics to dominate the news, his connection to events
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31
Jan
2014

CloudLock’s Momentum Grows – This Week’s Series C Financing

We are very pleased to have participated in another financing round for CloudLock, which on Wednesday announced a $16.5 M Series C. Launched in 2011, CloudLock now protects millions of end-users across a wide range of organizations. They were a pioneer of cloud security and we saw the promise of their vision when we led the Company’s Series B in
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29
Aug
2013

Ascent Index: BYOA

We’ve written frequently about BYOD, the consumerization of IT and their impacts on enterprise technology. As disruptive to the enterprise as BYOD has been, it’s also somewhat become the norm, with reports that as many as 70 percent of employees who own a smartphone or tablet choose to use it to access corporate data, and more than 60 percent of
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19
Nov
2012

Ascent Index: Cybersecurity

AT&T last week reported that cybersecurity was a billion dollar opportunity for the company, as attacks on its networks had doubled in the past four months. But it’s not just the telecommunications giant that hopes to seize on the cyber opportunity; many leading companies – be they Google, IBM, General Dynamics or countless others – have acquired information security vendors
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09
Oct
2012

Young Turks in the Enterprise

There was a widely circulated news item recently that tried to explain the mindset of this year’s college freshmen, noting that, for them, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Kurt Cobain have always been dead.  (Message to this generation: please do yourself a favor and delete a few LMFAO and Lady Gaga tunes from your iPod in favor of selections off Nirvana’s
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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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Ascent Index BYOD
26
Jun
2012

Ascent Index: BYOD (June 6 – June 20)

We know bringing your own device to work (that’s ‘BYOD’ for most of us) is a hot topic right now  – and getting hotter. Over the past two weeks alone, the term had nearly 22,000 mentions on social networks which is a 10 percent increase over the first half of the month. One reason for the uptick could be the
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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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29
Apr
2012

ASCENT FUNDING NEWS

As the temperatures steadily rise in the early spring months here in Boston, we’ve been fortunate to close on a few exciting funding announcements with portfolio companies in enterprise technology sectors that we believe represent promising, high-growth investment opportunities…

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