Sam is a Senior Managing Director, providing guidance to growth stage companies in Media, Marketing, and Enterprise software and technology. He is also an investor and advisor to early-stage technology companies as a Founding Partner at Progress Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that invests in media and marketing technology companies.
Sam works with companies to develop strategic partnerships, and organize and act upon merger and acquisition strategies. Areas of particular focus include enterprise software and the convergence of marketing and retail technology, where Sam has built a strong strategic network for both early and growth stage business alike. Before banking and investing in software and technology, Sam was an entrepreneurial manager with a twelve-year history in media sales, business development and leadership.
Prior to joining Progress Partners, Sam held interim positions in management of design at Pod Consulting and The Procter & Gamble Company, finance and sales at the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, and client relations at IGN Entertainment, Inc., and Snowball.com. Sam began his career in commercial photography after graduating with a BA in Fine Arts from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and then earned his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, Magna Cum Laude.
Sam has brought his passion in business to the non-profit world as a former Managing Director of the MassBike (www.massbike.org) board of directors and now maintains his passion for cycling through the founding of the Kendall Square Bicycling Association that runs regular networking rides for business professionals. Sam regularly coaches leadership to undergraduate students and guest lectures in classes at the F.W. Olin School at Babson College. He also serves on judge’s panels for venture and business plan competitions at Babson and MIT. When not involved with business matters, Sam enjoys road and mountain biking, tennis, nordic and alpine skiing, stand-up-paddle and surfing, as well as photography. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Sam Thompson is a Series 7, 63, and 79 registered representative of an independent broker/dealer, Applied Capital. Member FINRA/SIPC.