SAM THOMPSON / FOUNDING PARTNER
Sam Thompson began his investing in 2008 and brought about the formation of Progress Ventures. Actively focused on the marketing and media technology marketplace, Sam has built a strong network of high-level contacts for both early and growth stage business alike.
As a Senior Managing Director at Progress Partners, he works with companies to form go-to-market strategy, raise capital, develop strategic partnerships, negotiate business development contracts, as well as organize and act upon merger and acquisition strategies. Among other transactions in the online media market, most notably, Sam brought together Progress Partners client Wavexpress with NBC Sports to deliver high-definition video coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in partnership with Microsoft and Lenovo. Advising private placement mandates, Sam has closed venture investments in online advertising technology startups Media6Degrees and MediaMath, and facilitated the sale of Going.com to AOL.
Mr. Thompson has a twelve-year history in media sales, business development and leadership. Prior to joining Progress Partners, Sam held positions in management of design at Pod Consulting and Procter & Gamble, 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 from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and more recently earned his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, Magna Cum Laude.
Sam actively participates in speaking opportunities, including Digital Hollywood, Venture Summit, and various other lectures and events focused on the entrepreneurial field. His passion in business also reaches the non-profit world as a former Managing Director of the MassBike (www.massbike.org) board of directors. Sam regularly coaches leadership to undergraduate students at Babson College and serves on judge’s panels for business plan competitions at Babson’s F.W. Olin School and MIT’s Sloan School. When not involved with business matters, Sam enjoys road and mountain biking, tennis, skiing, surfing and photography.