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Christopher W. Dick
General Partner

EXPERIENCE

Walter is a founding partner of Ascent and has helped build and finance successful New England-based technology companies for over 25 years. Prior portfolio companies that were funded by Ascent and where he served on the boards include Akibia (acquired by Zensar Technologies), eCopy (acquired by Nuance), Harvard Bioscience (Nasdaq HBIO), Nova Analytics (acquired by ITT), Nova Technologies (acquired by IDEX), Mod-Tap (acquired by Molex), Performance Polymers (acquired by Ellis & Everard), Phoenix Controls (acquired by Honeywell), Sensitech (acquired by United Technologies), TACC International (acquired by Illinois Toolworks) and Tidalwire (acquired by Network Engines). His current areas of focus include software and analytics and he works closely with Nova Scientific and Nova Sciences.

Prior to joining Ascent, he spent twelve years in a variety of executive positions in subsidiaries of UST Corp. including President of its Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Subsidiaries. At UST he worked with investments such as Fire Control Instruments, Madison Publishing, Mathsoft, Nutcracker Snacks and Walking. He is a former member and chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies.

EDUCATION

BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell and an MBA from Babson College.

LIFE OUTSIDE WORK

Walter is the former Chairman of Change is Simple, a nonprofit that provides experiential learning to elementary & middle school students for social and environmental responsibility.  He has two grown children.

We’re focused and disciplined – a self fulfilling success loop

 

LATEST POSTS

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 […]

Three Impediments to the Internet of Things

This post is the final installment of a three-part series on the Internet of Things, along with What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things and Why the Internet of Things is also Industry 4.0. The technology for the Internet of Things (IoT) falls into four broad categories: sensors, software, platforms, and networks and connections.  […]

Why the Internet of Things is also Industry 4.0

This post is the second installment of a three-part series on the Internet of Things, along with What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things and Three Impediments to the Internet of Things. Robert Bosch is a German-based global leader in brake and automotive technology that has established a 500-person subsidiary, Bosch Connected Devices […]