Meet our Team
Bernard Louvat, Founder and CEO of Tera
Hi! I am Bernard Louvat and the CEO of Tera.
I grew up in France and moved to the United States first to study at Harvard Business School, then to live and work permanently in Malibu, California, where I have resided for 25 years.
My parents who were avid hikers, campers and gardeners instilled in me the love of Nature.
It is my love for our Planet that drove me to start Tera. I also have 4 children between the ages of 18-23 and I am very concerned about Climate Change, the deterioration of our Planet and the World they will live in. I wanted to spend the rest of my life and use my entrepreneurial skills to help with reversing Climate Change and preserving our Planet.
In my spare time I enjoy working out, practicing yoga, hiking, skiing in the backcountry, scuba diving, and being on the water. I live a fairly minimalist lifestyle, follow a plant based diet and try to reduce waste at home.
My entrepreneurial career has been eclectic. I am the founder of three venture backed technology start-ups and two corporate retail ventures.
My last start-up, TouchCommerce, (sold to Nuance Communications) became a leader in the Enterprise Live Chat and Messaging category. The solution was used by Fortune 500 consumer brands on their ecommerce websites to engage shoppers and customers with a live agent or a chat bot to assist them shop and get customer service.
I also co-founded Evolution Robotics, an idealab! Company in the field of consumer robotics (sold to iRobot) and Bizbuyer.com, an online business services marketplace for SMBs (sold to General Electric).
I worked in the early days of the Internet as a GM at CitySearch (sold to IAC), a pioneer in the online City Guide business.
Earlier in my career I worked in Retail and launched Office Depot France as founding CEO and The Disney Store France as founding President.
Prior to my entrepreneurial ventures, I worked in management consulting at Bain & Company where I worked in the Retail and Technology practices and was a Marketing Manager at Lancome (a L’Oreal company).
I hold an MBA with Distinctions from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business Administration from HEC, Paris, France, the leading European business school.