Macademia is an award-winning global EdTech company providing educational programming and games for children. In 2019, London-based Azoomee acquired Berlin-based Da Vinci Media and combined the brands under Macademia, a new topco company. Our mission is to help parents raise exceptional humans. We are best known for our unique selection of STEAM programming including award-winning TV shows, documentaries and educational games for kids 4 to 12. Today we operate in over 50 countries serving a global audience of over 60 million families in 22 languages.
Douglas began his career in finance, working for HSBC, Close Brothers and WR Hambrecht over a twelve-year period in London, Paris and New York. He has particular expertise in M&A, venture capital and fundraising in the tech sector. In 2005, Douglas co-founded VB/Research with his wife Estelle. Together they built and grew the business, raised external funding selling the business successfully to a FTSE250 media company in December 2011. Douglas and Estelle co-founded Azoomee in 2014.
A true campaigner, Douglas works closely with global blue chip businesses and governments to broaden children’s access to premium digital educational content globally. He is a regular public speaker on topics including entrepreneurship, innovation, fundraising, winning partnerships with large businesses, kids’ online safety and technology trends. Douglas is the winner of multiple business awards, an angel investor and Chairman to Recipe Design Limited, a product innovation consultancy.