– USA, MA – Cogo Labs announced today that Mira Wilczek has been named the new President & CEO. Dave Blundin, Cogo’s previous CEO, will stay on as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Wilczek will also continue her role as Senior Partner at Cogo’s parent company, Link Ventures.
“Mira embodies all the traits that we seek at Cogo – smart, technical, enthusiastic, practical, organized,” Dave said in his announcement to the company. “Most importantly, our ever-expanding ecosphere of constituents–our dozen CEOs and aspiring CEOs, our co-investors, our senior mangers, our friends outside the building–all trust her and believe in her. This makes Mira the perfect embodiment of our Cogo values and our ideal leader.”
As Cogo’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Mira built and led Minerva Analytics, an internal Cogo team focused on building online communities through a combination of rapid-development web property tools, scalable user acquisition, and extensive competitive and performance analysis using Cogo’s extensive data warehouse.
“A startling fact about Cogo and our spin-out companies is that over 90% of our people were not previously at internet companies – and that includes Mira herself,” Dave continued. “A large part of our success can be traced back to our ability to teach and nurture people who come from diverse non-internet technical backgrounds and help them become internet leaders. Mira’s ability to encourage and inspire will enable us to continue that trend as we dramatically expand our scale.”
Before coming to Cogo, Mira was founder and CEO of Red Panda Security, a research consultancy specializing in mobile behavioral analytics, Principal Investigator under the DARPA CFT program, and Director of Business Development at Lyric Semiconductor, where she garnered industry recognition including TR50, Silicon 60, and an EE Times ACE Award and led the successful sale of the company to Analog Devices.
Mira also holds patents both granted and pending in the fields of cyber security and sensor data fusion. She holds an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
About Cogo Labs
Cogo Labs is a technology-driven venture accelerator in based in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. Cogo Labs creates new businesses from its own internal experiments, and then growing them to profitability through the efforts of our top-notch engineering, analytics, and design teams. Cogo Labs is a part of the Link Ventures corporate family.
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