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How to guides
11 Apr 2019

Setting budgets: not sexy but crucial

Setting budgets is a cornerstone process of every company, regardless of size. So with no apology for covering the basics, what does best and worst practice looks like?
Written by Will Gibbs
How to guides
15 Nov 2018

What is your remuneration strategy?

Remuneration considerations The US job market is normally cited as setting salary levels above those for similar roles in different geographies....
Written by Tosin Agbabiaka
US expansion
6 Nov 2018

What is your budget?

Many founders underestimate how long it will take to establish operations in the US. When planning, many companies found it crucial to have someone...
Written by Karan Mehta
Scaling
2 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation :

General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) As we edge ever closer to 25 May 2018 when the GDPR becomes enforceable, we have been spending...
Written by Zoe Chambers
How to guidesBuilding teams
19 Dec 2017

Supercharging your employee referral scheme

Here at Octopus Ventures we back teams because we believe that the people who make up a company are the greatest factor behind its success. When...
Written by Zihao Xu
Building teams
6 Dec 2017

The Chairperson—Part 1

Alex Macpherson, Chairperson of Octopus Ventures, with 30 years experience in Venture Capital; Alexander Asseily, Chairperson of Chiaro Technology...
Written by Octopus Ventures
Building teams
6 Dec 2017

The Chairperson- Part 2

A continuation of Part 1. 1. Calibration Clarity on the remit and responsibilities of the role is the first thing to get right. Why are you making...
Written by Octopus Ventures
How to guides
14 Aug 2017

Share Option Schemes:

Why have option schemes? At the beginning of the start-up journey there is probably limited cash in the bank. Yet founders want to attract...
Written by Zoe Chambers
How to guides
10 Aug 2017

Four year vest, cliff and strike prices:

Founders are often aware of the need for a ‘share option scheme’. They may be less familiar with how to actually make one happen (see previous...
Written by Zoe Chambers
How to guides
3 Aug 2017

Blueprint for Sales Growth :

You have built a high-quality product or service, you have strong traction at home and you have learned from numerous strategies when building...
Written by Octopus Ventures
Building teams
26 May 2017

What benefits do you offer your team?

Beyond the basic benefits any US company would provide, there are many and varied ways to attract and maintain the best employees. The diplomacy...
Written by Tosin Agbabiaka
How to guides
17 Oct 2016

Fundamentals: Investor decks

Every year we get thousands of investor decks, both good and bad. Much of the material in a well-produced deck can be used again for sales and...
Written by Will Gibbs
How to guides
5 Jun 2016

Share Cap Tables The Fundamentals

An introduction to the fundamentals of share capitalisation tables and a range of templates. Share cap tables are not glamorous but they are...
Written by Octopus Ventures