Board of Directors


Mark Zaleski

Mark Zaleski is an Angel investor, consultant, senior executive and non-executive company director specialising in multi-country, high-growth e-commerce, digital media and SaaS businesses. Since 2007, Mark is the main investor and the Chairman of HES N.V., a leading online movie rental site in the Benelux. From 2011 until it was sold in 2013 (to Cyrte Investments), he was an advisor to the Supervisory Board of Emesa N.V. the leading e-commerce site in the Netherlands for travel and leisure packages. He has invested in several other high-growth internet businesses across Europe such as QXL ricardo (sold to Naspers), Dailymotion (sold to France Telecom), Shutl (sold to eBay Inc), Digitouch (MBO), Limundo, Wave Optics and Wikimart. Since October 2014 he is an investor and non-executive director in GoCardless and Show-My-Homework and most recently Chairman in Dynistics since March 2015. He is an Investment Partner in PROfounders Capital and Passion Capital.

Mark was Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Dailymotion from 2007 to 2009. Under his leadership the company became the world’s number one independent video-sharing site with over 60 million unique visitors and 1 billion video views per month. He helped raise €25M in new capital, set the strategy, led the legitimisation of its existence and business model, grew the company rapidly across the globe (at the time of his leaving it was the fastest growing online video sharing site) and led in monetisation putting significant distance in all areas to other independent competitors.

From 2000, Mark was CEO for QXL ricardo plc (QXL.L), a leader of online consumer trading platforms. He led the company to profitability and several clear market leadership positions. QXL was the best performing stock on the London Stock Exchange in 2005 and the LSE’s Main Market in 2004. It was sold for nearly £1 billion in 2007.

Before joining QXL, Mark was President of Operations for California-based Webvan Inc (WBVN), launching the company's operations, leading 4000 employees and generating $300M in annualised revenues. With three other officers of the company, he raised nearly $600M including the Company’s IPO, valuing the company then at $8.3 Billion. He has also held senior executive positions in the European operations of Federal Express Corporation and The Nielsen Company.

Mark has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oxford. He was featured in Dan Matthews’ book ‘New Rules of Business: Leading entrepreneurs reveal their secrets for success’ and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the RSA.



Andy Richardson

With over 25 years in the IT industry, 20 of which have been building the Influential group of companies, led by Influential Software, an SAP Business Objects Gold PCOE and IBM Cognos Business Analytics partner, providing certified BI consultancy and Software/App development across all sectors and then widespread consultancy to the Publishing/Media sector. Influential People, another part of the group, provides analytics perm/contract staffing primarily focussed on SAP, IBM and Microsoft skills.

Experience providing services to key clients including Centrica, ISG, Jones Lang LaSalle, Alfred Dunhill, Barclays, Lloyds, John Lewis, Amazon, Prudential, Taylor & Francis (Informa), Interserve, Capita, Addison Lee, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Kwik Fit, Harper Collins, Thyssen Krupp, Cigna, Costcutter, One Savings Bank, Topps Tiles, Selftrade, BLME, NHS trusts, local councils and many more.

Over the past 3 years, he has concluded acquisitions from Redstone PLC (SAP Business Objects), Intelligent Solutions Midlands Ltd (IBM Cognos) and provided seed capital for several London-based fashion startups.


John Simpson

20+ Years in IT Development and Services; the first 10 years progressing from Graduate Trainee to Senior Development Manager within the Publishing & Media sector. The second decade spent working in partnership to build Influential Software Services into a leading Analytics consultancy, holding partnerships with IBM & SAP and delivering Support & Development services to FTSE-100 clients.

Specialising in Data Integration Solutions, Business Analytics and Cloud-based Architecture, and driven to develop Enterprise Grade BI accessible to the SME market. A mission to bring enabling analytics to every desktop within the enterprise.


Mohammed Tayeb

An internet entrepreneur, investor and founder of several technology and e-commerce start-ups. Mohammed specialises in bringing together technological efficiencies to the business world.

Mohammed has tremendous experience in the eCommerce sector. In 2010 he headed up the development side of, one of the UK’s largest personal insurers. During his time there, Mohammed architected and developed a system to drive down online fraud, saving the company over £40 million. Prior to that, Mohammed ran a boutique consultancy business in the field of mobile web and application development. Together with his brother & co-founder, they own over 8 games and utility applications on the Apple and Google Play apps market, with over 10 million downloads.

Most recently, Mohammed co-founded ReadyCache, a web acceleration platform using Multi-CDN technology to deliver web content faster.

Mohammed actively invests in technology companies. As well being a Partner in Hearn Capital, he is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Salic (UK) (Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Company).

Mohammed has a degree in eCommerce from Brunel University and an Executive MBA from University of Oxford.