Focusing on the tools and technologies that will power the next industrial revolution. These include quantum computing, robotics and drones, sensory human augmentation and 3D printing.
Akriti is a computer science engineer by background and worked as Product Manager with Windows Security and in the User Experience team at Windows Edge. Prior to this she built a B2B business focused on accounting in the retail space in India. She then moved to London to complete her MBA at the London Business School, during which time she worked with the Amazon Alexa team to help launch Alexa in new territories. She also worked at Forward Partners as a pre-seed/seed stage investor. Akriti joined the team in 2018.
“My time in product management and my experience of building a business has made me realise just how hard it is to develop software. It also opened my eyes to what a lonely journey it can be for a founder and it takes a compassionate VC to understand that and support where necessary.”
Prior to joining Octopus, Karan founded Venture Project – a platform to help tech founders in New York with growth, fundraising, and customer/talent acquisition. Before this, Karan founded an e-commerce jewellery brand called KIN which he scaled and successfully exited. He also created a SaaS template-based website service for independent jewellery retailers, based on his previous experience at a jewellery manufacturing company as a Director of Ops and Strategy, where he led their digital transformation.
“I am laser-focused on helping entrepreneurs achieve the impossible. At the earliest stages of a business, every action has incredible impact. As a former entrepreneur and operator, I am aware of this and hope I can have some hand in helping founders avoid hurdles and conquer challenges better and faster than the competition.”
Karan graduated from Fordham University with a bachelors in finance but is always learning. He is a self-proclaimed pun master and can be found at a monthly pun competition in Brooklyn called the Punderdome 3000.
“I love new technologies, seeing how they can change people’s lives for the better. In academia I saw the research side of developing innovative tech and at Octopus I get to see how it comes to market and makes a difference.”
When not at work, Simon is a father of three boys (and being one of three boys, he knows how bad things are going to get!); in the minimal spare time he has otherwise enjoys playing piano and guitar, learning new things (currently Mandarin) and being outdoors.
Prior to joining Octopus in 2017, Zoë was a corporate lawyer at Jones Day and in the Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs, giving her a unique insight into the way data automation and artificial intelligence can change and shape the way we work.
“Investing into companies that speak to one – or many – of the UN’s sustainable development goals is a particular passion of mine. These entrepreneurs and their teams really are changing the world for the better.”
Zoë has an LLB (Hons) from UCL in Law with French Law. Zoë’s interests largely revolve around fitness classes and dogs.
In the press
UK has lost trillions by letting ‘home-made’ innovations slip through its fingers
Simon King calls out the failings of tech transfer in The Telegraph
A chat about UK deep tech and spinout-success with Octopus Ventures
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Spinning out tech – why some universities do it better than others
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