For This Mom, Becoming An Entrepreneur Was A “Way Of Taking Back Control”

By Emily Davies
Daily Mail, London

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A british mother of three got sick of her commute, taught herself how to code, launched an online video advertising firm…..oh and just sold it to Rupert Murdoch for more than 100 million dollars. Women in Business CRUSHING IT!!!!!!

Daily Mail, London

A MUM-of three who quit her job because she was tired of the commute has won an award dubbed the Oscar of women in business.

Tech star Sarah Wood has won the Business Woman Award at the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Awards for her online video advertising firm.
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The award celebrates women who make a significant contribution to business life in Britain.

Wood was honored for her business “Unruly”, which helps online video ads get watched and shared to maximize the success of the advertising campaigns for its clients, which include Adidas, Dove, T-Mobile, Evian and Renault.

The 42-year-old set up Unruly in 2006 with her husband Scott Button after tiring of commuting from London to Brighton for her previous job as a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Sussex. The couple live near Victoria Park in East London with their three children, Lola Rose, 15, Ezra, 11, and Sunday, six.

Wood taught herself to code, a type of computer programming, before striking on the idea of her internet video firm. Unruly has 15 offices around the world, employs 200 people and reported revenues of pounds sterling 30m in 2014.

The prize comes just months after Unruly was snapped up by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for pounds sterling 114m, with News UK’s chief executive Rebekah Brooks having wooed Wood into a sale. Despite running a multi-million-pound company together, Wood and Button remain hands-on as parents and even brought their son to work when he got tonsillitis – letting him nap in a ‘sleep-pod’ in their trendy London offices.

Wood said: ‘Leaving the children behind when I had to travel from Hackney to Sussex every day broke my heart. Becoming an entrepreneur was a way of taking back control.’

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