Jonathan Durnford-Smith

Jonathan has spent the majority of his career working with tech companies to build exceptionally talented teams across engineering, data science, research, design and product. He led the recruiting for Engineering and more recently the Applied group at DeepMind growing out teams to take AI research to real-world impact. 

Prior to his work at DeepMind, Jonathan was the Head of Recruiting at QuantumBlack. He grew and led the internal talent function across EMEA and the Americas and supported the growth of new offices in India and Australia. He has joined Octopus Ventures to support the deep tech portfolio companies on all areas of Talent and People. 

Outside of work he likes cooking, travelling to new cities and is a Chelsea Football fan, but asks that you don’t hold it against him! 

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