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Chief Executive Zoe Taylor acquires Sparkol

Published on Monday, 2nd July 2018, contributed by Sparkol

CEO Zoe Taylor Becomes New Owner of Sparkol

Sparkol, makers of leading whiteboard animation software VideoScribe, has been acquired by its current CEO, Zoe Taylor. Zoe joined Sparkol in 2014 as COO and has been CEO at the company since November 2016.

“I’m passionate about helping people quickly and easily bring their storytelling to life on an equal footing, globally, irrespective of size or budget. Thanks to our dedicated and knowledgeable team, we are empowering more people than ever to engage their audiences and I’m excited to lead the company into a new era,” said Zoe Taylor.

Zoe has acquired the business at a time of change, overseeing the new VideoScribe website and recent launch of StoryPix. As the new owner, Zoe will build on the success of VideoScribe with new products, a wider distribution network and additional sharing platforms. Collaboration will be key for the company in this next phase of growth, as it looks for new partners.

Established in 2008, Bristol based Sparkol was founded with the aim of developing a product that provided an engaging way to present and share ideas quickly and easily. VideoScribe, its most successful product, was launched in 2012, has seen over 2 million users sign-up across 140 countries and is used by companies of every size across all business sectors, charities and education.

Sparkol employs over 25 people in its Bristol offices and has developed a suite of creative products and intuitive software tools that enable people to communicate with an international audience, whatever the complexity of their message. This includes the recently launched StoryPix which quickly transforms simple photos into detailed explainer presentations.  

Sparkol also offers Professional Services for customers who wish to utilise Sparkol’s years of experience to create high-quality explainer videos, custom illustrations and staff training.

The Corporate Finance Team at Smith & Williamson, led by Iain Lownes, has advised on the Management Buy Out. Chris Dyson, Partner in the Corporate Team at Ashfords provided legal advice to the acquisition team on the deal.

About Sparkol

Trusted by the world’s leading companies, educators and users from over 140 countries, Sparkol leads the way with the vision and development of the whiteboard animation explainer video solution, VideoScribe, and new video solution, StoryPix.

VideoScribe is the leading whiteboard explainer video software that is easy, quick and inexpensive to use. StoryPix quickly transforms simple photos into detailed explainer presentations.