Simon is a journalist-turned-digital convert who learned very quickly how ‘big’ the internet would be and how it was changing the information distribution landscape forever.
Having built his own successful content sites in the early 2000s he could see, first-hand, how audiences were migrating from print to digital.
That insight and vision saw Simon progress very quickly, becoming the youngest ever national magazine editor in the UK, overseeing titles in both automotive and specialist interests.
At the same time he began investing time and start-up capital to other online businesses.
Rather than being a subject specialist his focus was on creating and growing specialist audiences of value – something that still drives him today.
His online knowledge in the early days of the internet soon saw him heading up projects to launch many traditional brands online and that success pushed him towards the creation of the UK’s first purely content-led digital marketing agency.
That agency was Zazzle Media and, with a brilliant team behind him, he quickly grew it from a small business to one which, ultimately broke the £20m revenue barrier, employing more than 200 people across three UK offices.
Zazzle Media was acquired in 2016 by IPG (NYSE).
Simon now focuses his efforts, and experience, on the start up and scale up ecosystem as an active investor, NED and advisor and as a founding Partner of Haatch Ventures, an early stage VC. The business focuses on backing the pioneers of the digital revolution. You can invest alongside him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here.