Ascend Venture Capital, a St. Louis-based thematic micro venture capital firm, added Bill Holt to its advisory committee.
Holt began his career at AT&T, spending 29 years in various management positions there and becoming regional managing director for its Asia Pacific Business Services branch. He lived and worked for many years in Asia, where he is still active in board and advisory roles. Holt serves as chairman of PSI Pacific, Horizon Wireless, and Horizonte Telecom Chile, and he is also the honorary president of China’s International Human Capital Digitalization Commission.
Founded in 2015 by general partner Dan Conner, Ascend makes thematic pre-seed and seed investments in data-centric tech startups across America. The firm recently launched its third fund to deploy capital into deep tech and data exchange companies. Currently, Ascend has invested in 12 data-centric tech startup companies, including trucking industry tech leader FreightWaves, white-label connectivity-as-a-service company OXIO, parametric weather insurance marketplace Arbol, and spacetech communications company Astrapi.