The Investing Edge
of Enterprise IT


23
Jun
2014

Video: Defining the Investing Edge of Enterprise IT

After 28 years and over 100 investments, we are as passionate as ever about our focus on early-stage enterprise IT venture investing and the continually changing landscape that creates new opportunities. We have created a brief video that captures the fundamentals of Ascent, and includes a few of the CEOs we have had the good fortune to work with discussing
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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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acquisition
22
Nov
2013

Acquisition is the New Innovation

This excerpt is taken from a post I wrote that was featured yesterday on Boston.com. I discuss legacy technology companies and how they are buying innovation today and in years to come. (L)ess than one in five global companies deems itself “very effective” at breakthrough innovation, according to a Bain Consulting survey. At current scale, it’s difficult for tech giants to grow faster than the
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23
Apr
2013

Six Pre-Requisites for the New Wave of Enterprise IT Security Solutions

  Given that IT security is a $60 billion market, you might think that we have robust solutions for keeping enterprise networks and data protected. But you’d be wrong. In reality, better than 1 in 5 enterprises—and likely more—has been compromised. In the past few years, the number of cyber-breaches and the sophistication of the attacks have heightened dramatically. 250,000
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20
Sep
2012

Reflecting on a Successful Exit – Fidelis Security Systems

I’d like to take a moment to congratulate Peter George and the entire management team at Fidelis Security Systems. The Company’s recent acquisition by General Dynamics is clear validation of Fidelis’ essential role in helping secure and monitor critical data for major business and government customers. Ascent is very appreciative of your efforts and thrilled with the outcome. In the
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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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