Toby Rowland – Mangahigh.com, King.com
Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Toby is the Founder and CEO of Mangahigh.com, a fast-growing mathematics site that is transforming the way students learn maths in school, and how educational resources are paid for. Using gamification techniques, Mangahigh makes the experience of learning maths more entertaining, and motivates students to work harder in competition against each other, and students around the world. Mangahigh was recently named one of The Telegraph’s Hot 100 list. Toby is also a Board Member at the hot MMO, eRepublik.com.
In 2003, Toby 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 12 million monthly unique users with more than 220 million gameplays per month in 2008. King.com received 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. King received
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. 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 daughters Ursula, aged 4, and Tess, aged 1.
He is a dropout from the LBS Masters in Finance course.