Progress Partners

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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.

Michael Collette

Michael Collette is a highly experienced startup CEO and media technology expert.  Most recently he was the CEO of Cognitive Networks. Mr. Collette joined as employee #4 in 2012, raised two rounds of financing, scaled Cognitive to become the market leading pioneer of automatic content recognition for Smart TVs and built a business licensing high performance, granular TV viewing data. Cognitive was sold to VIZIO in 2015. 

Mr. Collette served as General Manager with VIZIO for 1 year, growing data revenues 10x year over year. Mr. Collette has been working at the innovation seam of media and communications for many years. He has a proven ability to evangelize new media technology.  

Beginning with early work on the digital transition for U.S. cable, Mr. Collette has played a pioneering role in broadband media, interactive television, multiroom DVR, hybrid TV and advanced advertising. He was previously the CEO of uCentric Systems and PhyFlex Networks, and prior to that, SVP of Marketing for OpenTV. As a strategy consultant, he has provided services to more than 50 companies such as Google TV, Cisco Systems, Samsung and Philips as well as long list of startups.

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