Do you know those moments in life when you think, “What do I really want to do in the short time I’m going to be here?” For me, the 2005 London bombings sparked that moment. Although I was lucky enough to escape the terrorist attack unscathed, it prompted me to re-evaluate my priorities as I rode the Tube to work that day. I realized I wanted to be closer to my kids and to have more of an impact on the world.
When my co-founders and I set up Unruly, the idea of viral videos was just taking off. Today, we distribute video content to 1.35 billion users and are privileged to work with many amazing campaigns. I am most proud of our international expansion, and not least of our acquisition by News Corp last year. The best advice I ever received came the night before my final exams at college, and I still bring it to mind frequently. I was absolutely terrified and my university professor gave me a handwritten note that just said “Courage!” I always try to remember that note, no matter the challenge in front of me.