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Progress Partners is a boutique investment firm based in Boston and New York City providing financial advisory services to companies in media, marketing, advertising, and software.

Progress Scouting Report: NAB 2017

The National Association of Broadcasters hosted their annual NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center last month, attracting over 100,000 attendees for this year’s “The M.E.T. Effect” in mind: Media, Entertainment, and Technology.

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Davis Rosborough Interviewed for Axial's Forum on Growth Strategy: Debt or Equity?

If your business is considering raising capital, one of the first questions to consider is whether to seek equity, debt, or a combination. In May 2017, Axial asked four investment bankers, including our own Davis Rosborough (VP, Progress Partners), to share their thoughts on the most important factor CEOs and CFOs should consider when making this decision.

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Progress Perspective: The Announcement of Open AP

With the recent announcement of Open AP, many are asking who will follow. Fox Networks Group, Turner, and Viacom have all teamed up to create a new advanced audience platform specific to television, the industry’s first open platform for cross-publisher audience targeting and independent measurement. 

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Davis Rosborough's Interview at Tru Optik's 2017 INFronts Lounge

Davis Rosborough (Vice President of Progress Partners) takes a look into the future: discovery and relevance are more important to the user than the delivery mode. The audience will increasingly decide on their own what is premium content.

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Progress Scouting Report: Advanced Advertising Summit

Surrounded by senior-level executives and managers in the TV and Digital space, we heard from thought leaders and disruptors alike who addressed the continued evolution of advanced TV advertising during this Spring’s Advanced Advertising Summit, presented by B&C, Multichannel News, and NewBay Media at New York City’s Convene Conference Center.

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Progress Scouting Report: Shoptalk 2017

Industry leaders and disruptors convened in Las Vegas for March 2017’s Shoptalk conference, one of the most important for retail and ecommerce. The event hosted thousands of retailers, brands, consultants, and analysts to discuss the incredible change that is taking place in retail and ecommerce. 

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Progress Scouting Report: Mobile World Congress

GSMA hosted its annual Mobile World Congress in the week from February 27th – March 2nd 2017. The conference was held at the Fira Gran Via and the Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain and featured all the newest technology in the mobile space. Over 108,000 people attended the event, all interested in learning and discussing where the future of mobile is headed. 

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: Publishers Suffering ‘Data Leakage’ with DashBid CEO Herman

Boston, MA - If data is “the new oil”, it pays not to spill any. But publishers are too readily emptying the can over to middlemen who are taking its value for themselves. That’s according to one boss whose position at the top of a programmatic video ad platform has led him to conclude publishers need to keep hold of the liquid gold.

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: Massive’s Drosin Sees TV Ads At The Fabric Of UId

Boston, MA - We’ve had pre-roll, post-roll, mid-roll, in- and out-stream. But what if the future of video advertising lay more closely at the heart of the media that carry it? That is what’s on the mind of Alex Drosin, the co-founder of a tech company helping build mobile and TV apps for TV operators and content owners around the world.

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: Rebundling The Bundle In TV’s Golden Era with MediadTV’s Morgan

Boston, MA -  If you think paying $100 a month for a mega suite of 500 channels, most of which you never watch, is overkill, you’re not alone. That’s why we are seeing the rise of the so-called “skinny bundle”, a cut-down cable package which operators hope can reduce cord cutting. 

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Progress Scouting Report: IAB Leadership Summit 2017

Hollywood, FL - The Interactive Advertising Board (IAB) hosted its annual IAB Leadership Meeting from January 29-31. Held at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, the event hosted around a thousand attendees for three days of dynamic discussions covering the most pressing topics in the advertising and marketing industries today.

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: Fidelity’s Speros, Out Of Great Risk Taking Comes Great Creativity

Boston, MA - First it was “Reach out and touch someone” for AT&T and now the ubiquitous “Green Line” for Fidelity Investments. Jim Speros had a hand in both creative endeavors, along the way refining his definition of creativity. 

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Progress Perspective: What's to Come in 2017?

What’s to come? More saying than knowing. Much depends on predictability; and, much moves on the ability to see around corners. The eruption of this new administration’s first couple of weeks has sent the predicators back to rethink what’s possible.

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: How To Turn Mobile App Users Before They Churn with Localytics’ Aggarwal

Boston, MA - Not that long ago, the biggest challenge with apps used to be getting people to download them. Now churn is “the single biggest problem in mobile,” according to Raj Aggarwal of Localytics.

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: From MAC To IP And Beyond, MODI’s Bologna Surveys Addressable TV Future

Boston, MA - To the uninitiated, Media Access Control could sound like something they’d like to be able to do during political campaigns. But as television content and advertising continue to go over-the-top, the household set-top box identifier known as MAC is slowly giving way to IP addresses and other alternatives.

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Progress Perspective: Potential Merger for Verizon/Charter Communications

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported the potential merger between Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and Charter Communications, Inc. (NasdaqGS:CHTR) in what would be a possible challenge to Comcast’s leading position as a MSO in terms of total US Pay-TV and fixed access broadband subscribers. 

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Progress Scouting Report: NRF 2017

The National Retail Federation hosted its annual BIG Show in New York City from January 15-18 this past month. The conference was held at the Javits Center, and included hundreds of booths and thousands of attendees on hand to promote, debate and build on the significant growth of retail technology. 

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: As Advertising Follows Content, Expect More Addressable Options with Samba.tv’s Ackerman

Boston, MA - In the media business, being in the television is like being in the kitchen—to the 100th power. Which is one of the reasons Dan Ackerman joined Samba.tv from a long stint at AOL. Like many others, he was frustrated about trying to make sense out of all the disparate data sources that might somehow shed light on how people consume content and advertising.

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Beet.TV Coverage of Progress Connect 2016: Confirming User Identity Key Concern In Mobile Marketing with Syniverse’s Clark

Boston, MA – Being able to touch more than seven billion mobile devices around the world isn’t difficult when you are telecom company Syniverse. It’s making sure you’re touching the right person that is a big focus these days, according to CMO Mary Clark.

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