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 Casa Group, a real estate portal business covering Italy and Luxembourg 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 recently 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 TES Global, 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.
“It’s scientifically impossible for the bumblebee to fly; but the bumblebee, being unaware of these scientific facts, flies anyway.”
This is actually not even true – but it is what my headteacher at school signed off with at the end of every single daily assembly, for six years until I was 17. In fact bees beat the laws of aerodynamics simply by beating their wings faster than other insects. Essentially, they just work harder.
Advice to entrepreneurs?
Don’t believe your own bullshit. Constantly worry about the bits of your business you hate, and spend only moments being happy about the bits you have conquered.
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