Chairman and Investor

Simon Wilkinson

Former CEO of Myriad Group AG, grew the company to a $600M market cap. Founded Magic4, raised $21M, and sold it for $83M in 2004. Recognized as Ernst & Young's Emerging Entrepreneur of 2002 and a prominent telecom speaker.

Simon Wilkinson

Former Chief Executive Officer of Myriad Group AG, Purple Labs, Magic4 & Mobica Mobile Software and Mobile Social Messaging leader developed through multiple large M&A transactions to build a business from 80 people to 900+ and with a leadership position in both its markets. Myriad Group AG was listed in Zurich with a US$600 million market cap.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Magic4 Ltd, mobile messaging software market leader, backed by 3i, Philips Ventures and Motorola Ventures, sold to Openwave Systems for $83 million in August 2004.

Founded and developed Magic4 from promising technology start-up to profitable market leader. Raised venture funding of $21 million from 3i, Philip and Motorola. Recruitment and management of a senior team of industry professionals, and built the global organisation from zero to 150 people, with offices in the UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, France and India.

Developed and recommended to the Board a strategy for a successful exit for the investors, negotiated and implemented the strategy (sale to Openwave for $83m in August 2004). Produced strong consistent revenue growth of over 100% year on year; achieved profitability and positive cash flow, and $23 million in annual revenue. Helped Magic4 earn recognition as the leading provider of messaging solutions to wireless terminal manufacturers and was personally recognised as the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the year 2002.

Also a regular contributor and Speaker at international telecommunications conferences including 3GSM.‍