Simon Guild.

Simon works with a wide portfolio of early stage European media and technology businesses which have the ambition to become international market leaders.

Simon is the Chairman of: Bigpoint, a German browser video-games company, WAYN, a UK-based travel and lifestyle social network, and Diffusion Media Group, a UK viral marketing business. In addition he is a Director or advisor to: Eyeka, a France-based engagement marketing company; Digicompanion, a French digital promotion business; Freerunner, a UK free WiFi startup; Xing, a Hamburg-based business social network; Horizon Media Group, an African content business; Twig, an online educational project and Spreadshirt, a Leipzig-based Kennet III portfolio company offering personalised apparel.

From 1993 to 2007 he was at MTV Networks Europe, latterly as President & CEO. From a single MTV-branded channel in the mid 90’s the network grew to 75 channels, numerous online offerings and a market-leading mobile business, all spanning a variety of music, children and comedy brands.

Simon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the MTV Europe Foundation and a member of Pilotlight, the organisation that supplies executive time to charities. He also participates as a mentor at Seedcamp, the annual week-long programme for young entrepreneurs.

Simon holds an MBA from Insead and an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge.