Ray Anderson – Chief Executive Officer
Ray co-founded Bango in 1999 after realizing that the convergence of the internet with the ubiquity of mobile phones could open up huge opportunities for content and service providers. Ray positioned the company to benefit from the opening up of the operator portals in 2004, and the transition of the mobile content business from a messaging model to a customer friendly browse and buy Internet model. In 2005, Ray led the successful floatation of the company, and continues to build and steer the Bango team forward in to one of the most exciting markets in history.
In 1988, Ray established IXI which created the industry standard network GUI – X.desktop. IXI was an early leader in the creation of the web. It sponsored the first ever WWW conference at CERN and shipped the world’s first commercial web browser. In 1993 The company merged with SCO and then floated on NASDAQ. Ray held senior executive roles in SCO, including general manager, senior VP Marketing, and senior VP of New Ventures.
Before IXI Ray was a co-founder of Torch Computers which he sold to CATSCO in 1984. Before that he worked for Acorn Computers, The General Electric Company and Sinclair Research.
He was named “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year” in February 2006 and in September 2006 at the ME Awards was given a special award for outstanding contribution to the mobile entertainment industry. A member of “The Cambridge Angels”, Ray was a founding investor in a variety of growing companies including TeamStudio, Electronic Share Information (sold to E*Trade), Aspective, Trigenix (sold to Qualcomm), RE5ULT (82ASK), Shortfuze, Midentity and other technology businesses. He holds a 1st Class Degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University and is a keen pilot.
Gerry Tucker – Chief Financial Officer
Gerry is a key voice in the development and implementation of Bango’s strategic plan. He is responsible for reporting to Bango’s management team, board and shareholders and is further responsible for all financial elements of the company’s commercial relationships.
Gerry is a seasoned finance leader with an excellent track record. His career to date encompasses roles across several different market sectors, and in his most recent role he was acting CFO and Senior Financial Analyst for PLUS Markets Group, a London Stock Exchange AIM-listed UK company. He has held a number of senior financial and operational roles with companies ranging from pre-revenue start-up, to large multi-nationals. These companies include; Vodafone, where he documented and analysed processes throughout their business; Take Two (and Rockstar), the publishers of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and; Activision, publishers of ‘Guitar Hero’.
He has considerable experience in start-ups, where he took a firm from start-up to £300 million in five years, as well as expertise in mergers and acquisitions, product launches and financial modelling.
Anil Malhotra – VP Marketing and Alliances
Anil Malhotra co-founded Bango. Anil is a marketing strategist and business developer with sixteen years’ experience in senior marketing and business roles at companies including Logotron, CyberLife, Millennium Interactive (sold to Sony Computer Entertainment in 1998), SCO and IXI. Anil has a degree in Psychology from Bangor University, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Essex University.
David Sear, Chairman and Non-executive Director
David is CEO of Weve, a joint venture between the UK’s three largest mobile network operators. He is also Chairman of Semafone, a technology company devoted to the security of voice based card payments. Prior to June 2012 he was Divisional Managing Director at Travelex for two substantial divisions of the group over a six year period leading up to the sale of the Global Business Payments division to Western Union in 2011. David joined Travelex in March 2006 from Voca Ltd (previously BACS), where he helped to transform the company at the center of the UK’s payments industry. Prior to Voca, David was a founder and Chief Operating Officer at the ecommerce pioneer WorldPay. Earlier in his career David spent seven years at Equifax Cheque Services, the world’s largest cheque guarantee company, becoming European Managing Director.
Martin Rigby, Non-executive Director
Martin Rigby, is founder and joint managing director of ET Capital Limited (ETCapital), a shareholder in the Company. He has been a venture capital investor for over 20 years making and managing investments in innovative technology businesses, principally in network services, software and hardware. ETCapital has many of Cambridge’ s most innovative technology businesses in its portfolio, including Cambridge Display Technology, Plastic Logic, Cambridge Positioning Systems (now part of CSR plc), Astron Clinica and Phico Therapeutics.
Rudy Burger, Non-executive Director
Rudy is the Managing Partner of Woodside Capital, an investment bank for emerging growth companies. Prior to Woodside Capital, Rudy led the restructuring of Scipher plc which involved the sale of all of the company’s operating businesses.
Prior to Scipher, Rudy was the founding CEO of Media Lab Europe, a $40M joint venture between MIT and the Irish government.
Rudy has founded five companies, all in the digital media technologies sector. He is a leading expert in digital technologies and international business development. Over the past twenty-five years, he has founded companies in the US, run a European public company, and served as a senior executive for two global 500 companies – EVP and CTO for NEC Packard Bell and VP Software for Xerox. He is an effective, dynamic leader with a proven track record in strategic planning, change management, and business development.
Dr.Burger serves on the boards of several US and European companies. He has a BSc and MSc from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University.