Meet our Founder

Bernard Louvat, Founder and CEO of Tera

 

Hi! I am Bernard Louvat, the CEO of Tera.

I grew up in France and moved to the United States first to go to grad school in Boston, then again to California to work in the nascent Internet industry. My lifestyle is minimalist, low waste and outdoor. My daily routine besides building Tera consists of working out, practicing yoga, cooking plant-based meals and connecting daily with Mother Earth walking barefoot on the beach in Malibu at sunset. My hobbies include reading, hiking, skiing in the backcountry, scuba diving and taking road trips. I am an aspiring sailor and kite surfer.

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 am very concerned about Climate Change and the deterioration of our Planet. I want to spend the rest of my life using my entrepreneurial skills to help reverse Climate Change and preserve our Planet for my children and the future generations.

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 visitors with a live agent or a chat bot to assist them shop and get 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 pioneering online City Guide. 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.

I hold an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business Administration from HEC, Paris, France, the leading European business school.