Ed Bussey, Figleaves entrepreneur and adventurer, was named UK Internet Retailer of the Year in 2004. A former officer in the Royal Navy, Ed has trekked to the North Pole. Both an expert of enterprise and the great outdoors, Ed’s motivational story and rich business history make him an excellent corporate speaker. Ed’s vast and accomplished experiences would enlighten a commercial conference.
Ed is a serial internet entrepreneur, international digital media expert and wilderness enthusiast.
Ed graduated with a scholarship in Psychology from Cambridge University. It was at Cambridge that he developed his interest in entrepreneurship, becoming President of the Young Entrepreneurs Society, regional winner of the UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition and founder of his first business, which he sold before he graduated.
In his career as an entrepreneur, Edward has been responsible for the successful launches of three start-ups, two of which have been acquired. He is the Founder and CEO of Quill, a fast-growth content production company that specialises in creating - at unparalleled speed and scale - quality, multi-lingual digital content for businesses to use on their websites and social media.
Prior to this, Ed held the position of Chief Operating Officer at ZYB, with responsibility for marketing, business development and operations. ZYB was an award-winning mobile social networking pioneer, backed by Nordic Venture Partners and rated by Business Week in 2007 as one of the ten most innovative mobile products. It was subsequently acquired by Vodafone Plc in May 2008 for €31.5m cash.
In 2000 Edward became part of the founding team and Global Marketing Director of Balderton Capital and backed Figleaves.com. Within 5 years Edward launched Figleaves.com into the UK and US and acquired over a million online customers across 66 countries. This sensational growth was achieved through a series of strategic marketing deals with partners such as Procter & Gamble, Virgin Atlantic, Amazon and Google.
In 2004, Figleaves.com was named “UK Internet Retailer of the Year” – an incredible achievement which is a testament to the power of the early internet retailers. Figleaves.com was acquired by N Brown Plc in Oct 2010.
Alongside building fast growth internet businesses, Ed has also held a number of non-executive director, chairman and internet advisory positions with companies including, Mr. & Mrs. Smith Boutique Hotels, Bauer Media Group, PCCW (Hong Kong), Charles Tyrwhitt, Enterprise Ireland, Secretsales and Evans Cycles.
After an international education, Edward began a career in the Royal Navy where he was awarded the Sword of Honour at Dartmouth Naval College, and achieved one of the highest Admiralty Interview Board scores on record. He saw service in the Middle East, Falklands and the US. Following this, Edward held various high level security and counter-terrorism appointments around the world, with the UK government.
Ed is a regular speaker at international internet conferences around the world on the challenges of building digital businesses (particularly across new geographical markets) and the rapidly evolving internet marketing and technology strategies needed for their success.
At 21 years old, Ed was elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society following a number of successful mountaineering expeditions and endurance events. He is passionate about the wilderness and has since completed events in areas as diverse as Bhutan, the Indian Himalayas, Alaska, Costa Rica, southern Africa and most recently, an unsupported expedition to the North Pole in 2010, in support of the Global Angels charity.
He is an Advisory Board Member of Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique Hotels, proving that his talent for business knows no bounds. Bilingual and highly intelligent, Ed is able to present with ease across the globe about business, good content and entrepreneurialism.