12. Ascend Venture Group L.L.C.

Founded by Darryl E. Wash in 2000, Ascend Venture Group L.L.C., is one of the nation’s leading private equity firms.  Since its inception, the New York City-based firm has managed $150 million in capital under management.

The firm focuses on mid-stage investments in applied technology and education industries. The firm’s portfolio companies in technology include Channel M, ITM Software Corp., and The News Market Inc. Education-based portfolio companies include Early Bird Learning, School Net Inc., and Tutor.com.

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