Michael Collette, CEO
Having worked at the innovation seam of media and communications for many years, Michael has a proven ability to evangelize new media technology. Beginning with early work on the digital transition for U.S. cable, Michael 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, the SVP of Marketing for OpenTV. As a strategy consultant he has provided services to more than 50 companies such as Google TV, Cisco Systems, Canoe Ventures, and Pearl.
Zeev Neumeier, Founder and President
Zeev is an experienced technology executive with a proven track record of executing new media and web business projects from the ground up. Prior to founding Cognitive Networks, he was the CTO at iNDELIBLE, a cutting-edge New York-based interactive agency. Prior to that, he was the Senior Strategy Manager at CMP Media. He received his MBA from New York University.
Brian Reed, CTO
Brian is a serial entrepreneur with experience in developing startups from initial phase into successful systems. Previous roles include Senior Software Engineer at iNDELIBLE, Lead Developer at Sterling Scott and Developer at Mantis Technology.
Joshua is responsible for the product vision and ensuring the ongoing success of Cognitive’s customers. Prior to Cognitive, Joshua led video ingestion and streaming technology at Hulu. Before Hulu, he worked at YouTube, launching their Live Streaming platform and other products for video creators. Prior to YouTube, Joshua was on the mobile team at Google responsible for Local Search, where he integrated GPS granularity location into queries for the first time. He has held previous positions at Microsoft, VMware, and Oracle. Joshua has an MBA from Kellogg and an undergrad degree in Computer Science from Brown.
Greg is responsible for the ongoing development of Cognitive Networks’ Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology, scaling operations to support millions of customers simultaneously. He has over 20 years experience building advanced technology and has consulted for brands including Brightsign, a leader in digital signage solutions; Technicolor, a technology leader in media and entertainment; and THX, an entertainment technology company. He previously served as the director of software and product development for Rackspace where he led teams developing advanced cloud products. Additionally, he architected and then led the teams that built and deployed the Walmart Smart Network at IZ-ON Media, a 20-year innovator of digital place-based media solutions.
David Jaques, CFO
David has a background in banking, venture capital and startup companies. He’s managed the financial functions for major financial institutions and for small companies, and has specialized in recent years in venture capital and venture backed startup companies. His former employers include Barclays Bank in London and New York City, Silicon Valley Bank, PayPal, Nokia Ventures and BlueRun Ventures.
Rebecca Metschke, VP Marketing
Rebecca has been engaged at the intersection where media, communications, commerce, and emerging technologies meet for more than 15 years. Beginning with broadband Internet service during early deployments, she went on to work in electronic commerce, website and conversion optimization, interactive television, carrier Ethernet service delivery, and next-generation advanced advertising. Her experience includes tenures as a marketing executive in the communications and entertainment industries; she’s also served as a consultant to a variety of companies in the communications, information, entertainment and technology sectors.
Shelene brings 15 years of management experience in human resources, payroll and operations. Previously, she managed human resource and operations for Eastwick, a Bay Area public relations firm; prior to that, she was payroll and human resource director for Almaden Press. Shelene has worked with many Silicon Valley startup companies building, growing and managing their human resource, operations and payroll departments.
Corey Stanley, Accounting Manager
Corey has a wide knowledge of the various accounting aspects within a company, and has successfully managed the day-to-day operations of a variety of accounting departments as well as the administrative functions for several companies. Her former employers include Marine World Africa and Georgia Pacific.