Meet the team
- Toby Rowland
CEO and Founder of Mangahigh.com
In 2003, he co-founded King.com, serving as Co-CEO until his resignation in June 2008. During this period, King.com grew from start-up to be one of the world's largest casual games businesses, serving an audience of around 12m monthly unique users with more than 220m gameplays per month in 2008. King.com was awarded the UK Media Momentum award for #1 Fastest Growing company in 2007, and was the #5 Fastest Growing Company in 2008, receiving a special Judge's Nomination in that year. King.com was also ranked #13 in the Sunday Times TechTrack list (UK fastest-growing tech companies) in 2008, and in November 2008, was ranked #5 in Library House's list of Europe's 100 'Hottest' technology start-ups.
Profitable from 2005 onwards, King now has more than 70 employees in 6 offices, serving audiences around the world with a multi-language, multi-currency site. Prior to King.com, Toby was VP Marketing for uDate.com, which grew to be the #2 dating site for US / UK, and was acquired by IAC in December 2002 for $150m. In 1999, Toby co-founded clickmango.com, a natural health e-tailer, raising £3m in venture capital in a record 8 days. Clickmango.com was shuttered in 2000, but the company made a lasting impression on the media and public with a spirited marketing and PR campaign. From 1994 to 1999, Toby worked at Walt Disney Television International, conducting quantitative customer research and marketing Disney Channels in the UK and Continental Europe. Toby studied Japanese at Wadham College, Oxford, and lives in London with his wife Plum and daughter Ursula, aged 3.
- Marcus du Sautoy OBE
Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford & Chairman of Mangahigh Board of Advisors
He is Senior Media Fellow at the EPSRC. He has been named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists. In 2001 he won the prestigious Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research made by a mathematician under 40. In 2004 Esquire Magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain.
He is author of numerous academic articles and books on mathematics. He has been a visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Australian National University in Canberra. Marcus du Sautoy is author of the best-selling popular mathematics book "The Music of the Primes" published by Fourth Estate and translated into 10 languages. It has won two major prizes in Italy and Germany for the best popular science book of the year. His new book 'Finding Moonshine: a mathematician's journey through symmetry' is also published by Fourth Estate and appeared in 2008. It was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non fiction.
Marcus du Sautoy writes for the Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and the Guardian and is frequently asked for comment on BBC radio and television. He has a regular column in The Times called "Sexy Maths". In September 2004 he presented his own series 5 Shapes on Radio 4. He is also presenter of BBC4's TV game show Mind Games, for which he has been nominated for the Royal Society of Television's Best Newcomer to a Network award. In 2005 he presented a one hour documentary for BBC4 based on his book The Music of the Primes.
He gave the the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2006 entitled THE NUM8ER MY5TERIES, broadcast on Channel Five. In Autumn 2008 he wrote and presented a four part landmark series for the BBC called "The Story of Maths". His presentations on mathematics, which include 'Why Beckham chose the 23 shirt', have played to a wide range of audiences: from theatre directors to bankers, from diplomats to prison inmates. Marcus du Sautoy plays the trumpet and football. Like Beckham he also plays in a prime number shirt, no 17, for Recreativo FC based in the Hackney Marshes.
Born in 1965, he lives in London with his wife, three children and cat Freddie Ljungberg
- Tom Vander Ark
Leading US Education Reformer & Visionary
Tom Vander Ark is Managing Partner of Revolution Learning. Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he developed and implemented more than $3.5 billion in scholarship and grant programs to improve education throughout the United States.
Prior to his role with the Gates Foundation, Vander Ark was the first business executive to serve as a public school superintendent for one of Washington State's larger school districts that has been recognized for narrowing achievement gaps and reducing administrative costs.
Vander Ark also has extensive experience in the private sector serving as a senior executive for retail start up, PACE Membership Warehouse, that achieved $5 billion in revenue and was sold to K-Mart. Tom chairs the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and is on the Boards of City Prep Academies, AdvancePath Academics and Lafafa Kids Education as well as several nonprofits including MLA Partner Schools and Strive for College. Tom advises Communities in Schools, ConnCan, Democrats for Education Reform, and National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He blogs at EdReformer.com.
- Greg Mauro
Global Education Investor & Entrepreneur
Greg Mauro is Managing Partner of Learn Capital. Greg has been on the founding team of five ventures that have received over $500M in venture capital, including several Learn Capital portfolio companies.
Most recently, Greg served as EVP at Gazillion, a developer of massively multiplayer online games. Prior to this, Greg was Founder and President of SmartDrive, which in March 2010 was listed among The Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies in a Wall St. Journal ranking. Greg was also Founder and CEO of Nextivity, a breakthrough indoor coverage provider with customers including Vodafone and T-Mobile. In 2009, Nextivity was the CONNECT Most Innovative Product Award Winner and one of the Top 15 Companies listed in the Fierce Wireless Fierce 15.
Prior to Nextivity, Greg teamed up with four engineers as founding Vice President of Business Development at Entropic, where he authored the original business plan and led strategic investment efforts. Now public, Entropic (ENTR) includes Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast, and DIRECTV as investors and Entropic technology powers the in-home video networking for each. Greg began his career as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group. Greg is a graduate of UCLA’s College of Honors and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves on the Boards of Quantcast, Nextivity, Gazillion, Bridge International Academies, Edmodo, Blue Duck Education, and the High Tech High Foundation. Greg is an avid traveler and has visited over ninety countries.
In the 2008 Gumball 3000, Greg secured the land speed record from Suzhou to Beijing.