Jo Oliver

Jo joined Octopus Ventures in 2009 and is a Partner in the team, sitting in the Growth pod. He is on the board of a number of portfolio companies including Calastone, Amplience,, Iovox, Currency Fair, Swiftkey [acquired by Microsoft], VisionDirect [acquired by Essilor] and Vega-Chi [acquired by Liquidnet].

“To be able to fund and occasionally really help entrepreneurs realise their ambitions makes being a VC not only a real responsibility but also a genuine privilege.”

Prior to joining Octopus, Jo was an investor and entrepreneur in a range of businesses, spending much of his previous career as an equity analyst at NatWest, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, focussing on the Mobile Operators such as Vodafone. Jo is a qualified chartered accountant and read Natural Sciences at Durham University. When not at work Jo tries to keep fit and enjoy beautiful Dorset with his family, where he lives.