About the Author

Sherry Coutu

Sherry is an Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director, Investor and Advisor to Companies, Universities and Charities.

She possesses a deep understanding of the dynamics of both b2b and b2c businesses, portfolio management and macro-economics.

She currently chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Zoopla plc, the London Stock Exchange Group plc, Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Raspberry Pi and Artfinder. She also serves as an advisor to Linkedin, Harvard Business School European Council and is a former Trustee of Nesta.

As an angel investor, she works with entrepreneurs to solve problems that she feels matter and specialises in consumer internet, information services and education. She has made angel investments in more than 50 companies and holds investments in 5 venture capital firms. She was voted by Techcrunch as the best CEO mentor / advisor in Europe in Nov 2010. In May 2011, she was voted by Wired magazine as one the top 25 ‘most influential people in the wired world’, and one of the top ten most influential investors and women.

As an entrepreneur, Sherry has founded a number of businesses and charities. The first business (acquired by Euromoney plc) has operations in more than 70 countries. The second, which she was CEO and chairman for was responsible for the first e-commerce transaction in the financial services industry in Oct 1995 and was the most over-subscribed IPO on the main market when it was floated in February 2000 (on London and Nasdaq).

Philanthropically, she supports the prince’s Trust, the crick institute SVC2UK. sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc Economics (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 by Her Majesty the Queen.