Simon Guild

Chairman of Bigpoint

Since early 2007, Simon Guild has been working as a non-executive Director of a wide portfolio of early and later stage technology businesses in various countries, who have the ambition to create international market leaders in their segments. His experience includes marketplaces (he is Chair of both Boilerjuice, a platform for buying domestic heating oil and Get Licensed which connects people wanting occupational licenses with trainers); ecommerce (he was Chair of The Idle Man, a men’s fashion business and is on the board of Leipzig-based Kennet III Portfolio company Spreadshirt); subscription businesses (he is a director of Babbel, the language learning company and is Chair of 8Fit, a Berlin-based fitness app and of Yogaia, a Finnish online yoga business); social networks (he was on the board of Xing and was Chair of WAYN, a travel network); B2B (he was Chair of Vonq, a Dutch platform for recruiters and was on the board of Eyeka, a Paris-based engagement marketing company); SAAS (he is Chair of Picfair which creates virtual shops for photographers); games (he was Chair of Bigpoint, a games company, where he assisted the private equity investors in selling their shares for a significant multiple of their investment)

From 1993 to 2007 he was at MTV Networks Europe, latterly as President & CEO, where he was responsible for transforming the company from a single TV channel to a diversified multimedia business with over 60 TV channels and a portfolio of online and offline businesses. Simon studied Modern Languages at Cambridge and holds an MBA from INSEAD.