Bill Collis

Milestones

President and CEO, Foundry
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012
Recipient of a ‘Technical Oscar’ in 2007 for technology contributions to film
Foundry’s software has powered all the VFX Oscar nominees and winners since 2008

 

Super strengths

Combining creativity and technology
Surviving 4 different Private Equity backers
IP Licensing

 

Weaknesses:

Spelling
Perfect stripes on a lawn

Bill Collis

 

Bill began his Foundry career as an algorithms engineer and became CEO in 2007, taking it from a niche, London-based visual effects software company to a high growth global force. He built a nimble and entrepreneurial leadership team to keep pace with the challenges of an 8 year, 45% top line CAGR and multiple Private Equity transactions and acquisitions. His leadership skills earned him an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2012.


In 2009, with the business achieving revenues of c.£4m, he undertook a management buyout backed by Advent Venture Partners. By 2011, with revenues at £15m, Bill led a secondary buyout in partnership with Carlyle, allowing the business to expand into other geographies and sectors including games, marketing and industrial design. Four years later revenues had increased by over 160% and Bill led his third buyout to HgCapital for £200m whilst concurrently starting his transition away from day-to-day leadership of the company.


Foundry made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list four years running from 2010 to 2013. Today, as President of Foundry, Bill’s role is to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit of the company by focussing on the new initiatives and technology partnerships that have characterised the company’s impressive growth across media production, games and design.

 

Favorite Quote

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe

 

Advice to entrepreneurs?

Choose your customers well and listen to them carefully.

 

Good question to ask him?

How do you build software sales in China?

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