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13
Feb
2017

The Convergence of Digital and Physical Customer Interactions in Today’s On-Demand Economy

My partners and I had a fantastic dinner in Boston’s North End a few weeks ago with seven of our portfolio CEO’s that lead companies in the marketing tech category of enterprise technology. The food and wine were great, and the discussion even better. In addition providing an update on Ascent’s activities and investing thesis, we facilitated a discussion amongst
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31
Jan
2017

The State of Boston Innovation: Poised for the Future

The recent State of the City address, delivered by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, projected progress in a city that’s as strong as ever, with increasing opportunity. He talked about the addition of 60,000 jobs over the past three years, an unemployment rate of just 2.4 percent (the lowest on record), and making Boston Public Schools the best they’ve ever been
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25
Jan
2017

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2016

It’s been a busy year here at Ascent and we’d like to take a moment to look back at 2016 and recognize the accomplishments achieved by our portfolio companies throughout the year. From impressive rounds of funding, to new partnerships and platform launches, 2016 proved a very successful year. Below are some of the highlights: ClickFox, the creator of the
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10
Nov
2016

Next-Gen Enterprise Tech: How AR & VR Are Pushing New Boundaries

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) are arguably technology’s next big thing. Recent research from IDC reports the AR/VR market will reach $162 billion within four years, representing an impressive 181.3 percent compounded annual growth rate. Additionally, Gartner’s latest emerging technologies Hype Cycle plots AR and VR on the “Slope of Enlightenment.” AR and VR are making a lot of
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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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17
Dec
2014

How the Internet of Things Can Improve Environmental Sustainability

I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple, a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility. I also surf as frequently as possible, when I can find free time, literally immersing myself as often as
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03
Sep
2014

Startup Success in Every Stage of Growth – Seed Stage

First of a three-part series from Luke Burns, offering observations on what makes a successful startup at every stage of growth. There might not be a better time to be an entrepreneur on the East Coast. Massachusetts companies raised over $1 billion (over 100 deals) in venture capital in Q2 of 2014, the state’s highest in three years, according to
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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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02
Aug
2013

Back to School: The Reality Behind the Dream

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I earned my MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. The resources, network and opportunities it offered in many ways helped steer me on my career path and to where I am today. Recently I was lucky enough to serve as a panelist in an alumni entrepreneur workshop that took place
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14
Jan
2013

StartApp Named One of 2012’s Fastest Growing Startups

Business Insider recently released a list of the “5 Fastest Growing Startups of 2012,” comprised of emerging companies with the potential to “transform industries and the business world at-large.” We’re thrilled to see one of Ascent’s portfolio companies on the list: StartApp, which Business Insider deems “poised to significantly impact the mobile industry.” StartApp’s mobile app monetization platform recently surpassed
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