MediaTaylor Ltd was founded by Richard Taylor and is a boutique education media business.
Richard started his career as a jackaroo, dropped out of university, worked in banking and then founded the Australian office of a UK educational MARCOMS agency. He purchased the company and sold it to EdComs in 2000. By 1995 Richard had started building websites for clients like Melbourne Parks & Water and the Australian Institute of Petroleum and he also began to invest in early tech start-ups. Richard then spent two years in San Francisco during the first dotcom boom. He then moved to London where he held a senior position in Whitehall at the Department for Education and Skills where he worked on projects including London Challenge and Teacher’s TV. After leaving the civil service Richard started the business intelligence publication, the assignment report (sold to Meissa) which was followed by a brief period as International Development Director for World Maths Day. Richard has also written two sponsorship books, has contributed to articles to various edtech publications and also occasionally writes opinion pieces on this website.
MediaTaylor has been directly involved in a range of companies and projects including:
- Educational Communications (Aust.) a specialist MARCOMS agency that was sold to EdComs in 2008
- NetSchool Ltd (Aust).- developers of DaisyMaths.com.au the world’s first sponsored online maths service
- The assignment report, a subscription-based business intelligence report focusing on the UK education market. (sold to Meissa in 2008)
- Tutpup a maths and spelling game co-founded with Paul Birch (Bebo co-founder). Sold to MindCandy the owners of Moshi Monsters
- ed-invent (now closed) a JV with Cambridge Assessment The aim of ed-invent was to try and put educators at the heart of edtech
Richard also does consulting work, although this is not a core focus. MediaTaylor is also an active early stage investor in UK edtech startups including edapt, Knowledgemotion (Boclips), NearDesk, Night Zookeeper, PRIMO & Spires.