Entrepreneurs Panel

Louise Rogers

Louise is a member of the Entrepreneurs Panel and our expert panelist on data, dashboards and CRM.

Louise works as an operational advisor, Chair and NED in a handful of Private Equity and VC-based businesses mainly in the EdTech, digital media and classified/recruitment spaces in Europe and the US. Currently, she is the Chair of MPLC for Tenzing, as well as an NED for OpenClassrooms which is a French online degree-awarding EdTech business specialising in digital skills. She also acts as the Senior NED and advisor for the New Scientist Group which she acquired with a small group of private investors. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of GSV Acceleration, the predominant, education-focused Silicon Valley, VC investor.

Previously she was the CEO and then Chair of Times Educational Supplement (Tes), where she oversaw the transformation of the traditional print-based education business into a global, digital platform that comprises one of the biggest online recruitment markets as well as the largest online network of teachers – which also happened to be the world’s largest single-profession social network. Louise led TES’s rapid global expansion and sales growth through three separate private equity investors – Exponent, Charterhouse and TPG.

In addition, she served on the Board and as an Operating Partner at Skillsoft – the number one digital, workplace learning company – based in Boston, US. She is also a founder partner, Board Director and investor at Ozy.com a US digital media, TV and live events start-up, based in Silicon Valley but now making waves across the US and beyond.

Advice to entrepreneurs

Don’t believe your own bullsh*t. Constantly worry about the bits of your business you hate, and spend only moments being happy about the bits you have conquered.”

Super strengths

  • Defying gravity (working through solutions to the hardest problems and challenges)
  • Helping coach and build the right teams with management
  • Helping with the transition to private equity
  • Customer-focused strategy

Perfect way to start the day

  • A large coffee, plus a finely tuned to-do list

Perfect way to end the day

  • A beautifully ticked off to-do list and time spare to read a good book

Which good book?