Lewis seeks sales staff: who wants to be a millionaire?

Potential multi-millionaire Rob Lewis is boosting the sales team of his internet TV operation Silicon.com as it prepares to float.

Potential multi-millionaire Rob Lewis is boosting the sales team of

his internet TV operation Silicon.com as it prepares to float.



Lewis, 30, is set for a pounds 120 million pay-out if Silicon. com’s

parent NMTV floats with its estimated market value of pounds 800

million. Key members of staff, who hold equity in the company, can also

expect large windfalls.



Lewis said the float would take place ’within a year’.



’We have a sales team of six,’ Lewis explained. ’We’re looking to

recruit another six over the next three months and a further nine to 12

over the course of a year.’



Silicon.com is also launching in Germany and will expand into ’at least

two other countries in the near future’, including the US. ’All those

offices will need teams of at least six, growing to perhaps 18,’ Lewis

said.



Another likely to benefit from the float is sales director Tom Bureau,

who shares stakes worth pounds 240 million with chief executive Lewis

and three other directors. But Lewis said there were only three

employees out of more than 50 who did not have a stake in the

company.



Silicon.com provides text, video news and features to IT

professionals.



Up to September this year it has generated sales of pounds 30 million

from clients including Virgin, Tesco, Microsoft and Intel. Lewis intends

it to become the first in a raft of online business-to-business

services, creating an internet version of publishing houses like

Haymarket and VNU



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