For the majority of companies we’ll be an active participant on the board but often the real value add comes from the hundreds of interactions that occur outside the board room as you use us as a sounding board and partner whilst going through the roller coaster ride of scaling a business.
With an office in New York and Venture Partners in London, San Francisco, Singapore and China we are also well placed to help companies scope, test and enter these geographies. See our Insights page for a series of insights on these specific topics.
Our Venture Partners (Chris, Henry, Howard, Ian, Marvin, Stephen, and Pete) are constantly engaged with a large number of the companies in the portfolio and able to provide deep insight and practical support in everything from sales strategy, product, leadership to international expansion.
We have also been fortunate to back over 60 talented founders and their respective teams in recent years and we encourage this group to share and learn from each other’s expertise and experience through our events, e-mail threads and one-to-one in person connections.
Octopus also provides support around employment, recruitment, research and development, public relations and lobbying. We know that the needs of each start-up are different and that these needs will evolve over time.
Many of us understand first-hand how difficult it is to build a business, so we’ll be there when entrepreneurs need us – and get out of the way when they don’t. We’ve always said that the best test of an investor is whether an entrepreneur wants to work with them again. And in that regard, Octopus has a track record of backing serial entrepreneurs again and again – which includes those referred to us by our portfolio.