Call us to find your Famous Face  |  01548 559165

In 1998 Michael co-founded Firebox.com in a Cardiff attic after raising £1000 from his parents. In 2003 he founded the kids entertainment company Mind Candy – the creators of global kids phenomenon Moshi Monsters. One of the first products Firebox.com invented was the Shot Glass Chess Set (a fusion of chess and alcohol) that was a surprise hit.

After many early hiccups the company took off and grew to 13th place on the Sunday Times list of fastest growing UK companies. In 2004 Michael founded online gaming company Mind Candy and has raised $10m from investors. The first product developed was Perplex City, an Alternate Reality Game played by thousands of people around the world across many different types of media. Mind Candy's second product is Moshi Monsters, a new virtual world aimed at children (7-12 year-olds). Kids adopt a unique, animated Monster from the world of Monstro City, and then nurture it by interacting with other Monsters and solving the daily puzzle games it sends them. In 2006 Michael co-founded Second Chance Tuesday, events to connect leading technology entrepreneurs with investors. Michael was named on the Evening Standard's inaugural list of 1000 most influential people in London and sits on the 30 member panel for the Cool Brands Council.

His most popular speech is entitled: 'The Firebox.com Story - From Boom to Bust to Boom'. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of setting up an internet company during the internet boom, only to almost lose it all and teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, before turning things around and building a profitable business turning over £12m a year. It's a light hearted talk with plenty of jokes, but also contains a lot of business lessons that are very relevant for anyone in business, particularly entrepreneurs.

More in this category: « Dr David Lewis Andy Pag »

We have 90 guests and no members online

ABOUT US

Established in 1986, we have been providing ideas and booking FAMOUS FACES for over 30 years.

Our clients range from PLCs, event management specialists to government organisations, guilds, universities, schools, charities and sporting clubs.

Client Reviews

  • The dinner was a huge success and Bob went down brilliantly well. We're already looking forward to next year! Many thanks for all your help in making... READ MORE ...

    The dinner was a huge success and Bob went down brilliantly well. We're already looking forward to next year! Many thanks for all your help in making the event such a memorable one.

    Lloyds TSB

  • It is difficult to find enough superlatives to describe David's presentation. As a meeting planner, I found it a genuine pleasure to work with him... READ MORE ...

    It is difficult to find enough superlatives to describe David's presentation. As a meeting planner, I found it a genuine pleasure to work with him and I would highly recommend him for any conference or meeting, anywhere and at any time.

    Prudential Assurance

  • Your sense of humour was greatly appreciated by everyone but within this humour you managed to instil some very important points which were well... READ MORE ...

    Your sense of humour was greatly appreciated by everyone but within this humour you managed to instil some very important points which were well noted by everyone present. Your words were inspirational and will stay with us throughout our new financial year.

    Aviva (Norwich Union)

  • We have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled, an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow... READ MORE ...

    We have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled, an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow you still managed to make the challenges we face in our jobs relevant on a personal level to yours.

    Coca Cola

  • I was impressed by Chris's speech. His great strength is his ability to communicate his message throughout an organisation, his views are practical... READ MORE ...

    I was impressed by Chris's speech. His great strength is his ability to communicate his message throughout an organisation, his views are practical and down to earth, always thought provoking, sometimes controversial but never dull.

    Kodak

CONTACT US

PO Box 59
Kingsbridge
Devon
TQ7 4AA

phone  01548 559165
email  ideas@famousfaces.co.uk

Contact Form