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Progress Ventures

Investor type Corporate Venture Capital
Founders Nick MacShane Sam Thompson


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Total investments 28
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 24
Rounds per year 2.00
Lead investments 2
Follow on index
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Exits 7
Key employees 6
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Advertising
  • Analytics
  • Software
  • Marketing
  • SaaS

In 2008 was created Progress Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The company was established in North America in United States. The main department of described VC is located in the Cambridge.

The fund was created by Sam Thompson. The overall number of key employees were 5.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 participants. Despite the Progress Ventures, startups are often financed by Verizon Ventures, Compound, Acadia Woods Partners. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Connecticut Innovations, Allen & Company, AAF Management Ltd.. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by ff Venture Capital, Polaris Partners, Extreme Venture Partners.

The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 investment rounds annually. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 12 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The high activity for fund was in 2011. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. This Progress Ventures works on 4 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2018.

The fund has no exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 2 or 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 2-3 years to get the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Skyword, Localytics, IRIS.TV. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Software, Advertising.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Business/Productivity Software
Media and Information Services (B2B)
$36M26 Jul 2022 Boulder, Colorado, United States

Veritonic Inc.

Business/Productivity Software
Market Research
Media and Information Services (B2B)
$7M28 Jun 2022 Connecticut, United States


Digital Marketing
Supply Chain Management
$8M30 Jun 2021 New York, New York, United States


Advertising Platforms
Artificial Intelligence
Digital Marketing
Machine Learning
Speech Recognition
$6M28 Apr 2021 Palo Alto, California, United States


Information Technology
$6M30 Mar 2021 London, England, United Kingdom


Artificial Intelligence
Computer Vision
Machine Learning
$1M12 Mar 2021 City of Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Digital Marketing
Supply Chain Management
$4M15 Jul 2020 New York, New York, United States

Tru Optik

Ad Targeting
Big Data
Digital Media
Real Time
Social Media
$10M03 Apr 2019 Stamford, Connecticut, United States


Retail Technology
01 Apr 2019 New York, New York, United States
Tenovos Raises $8M in Series A-1 Funding

– Tenovos is a NYC-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) company for brands to tell stories that matter.
– The company secured an $8m Series A-1 funding round.
– The round was led by Progress Ventures with participation from previous investors including Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), Revel Partners and Dublin Capital and introduces new personal investors including Jeff Lunsford, CEO of Tealium.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate product development and advance the intelligent features of its platform.

Instreamatic Raises $6.1M in Series A Funding

– Instreamatic from Palo Alto provides an end-to-end voice AI platform for managing, measuring and monetizing conversations between brand and consumer.
– The company raised $6.1m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Progress Ventures, joined by Accomplice and Google Assistant Investments.
– Led by Stas Tushinskiy, CEO, Instreamatic provides a voice AI infrastructure for media, enabling real-time voice conversations between brands and consumers across multiple media verticals.
– The company provides an end-to-end solution for managing, measuring, and monetizing voice-enabled audio and video advertising, including a programmatic ad exchange for assisting clients with advertising sales.


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