The Talent Team builds people and talent operations, supporting portfolio companies with resources, connections and skills. Alongside them, Octopus Venture Partners are those unique individuals who have created unicorns (in some cases serially) and can now reflect back their experience, guidance and connections to next generation pioneers.
Georgiana studied Economics and Marketing at Jean-François Champollion National University. She loves reading, Star Wars, drawing, knowing a lot about the Rosetta Stone and has been unsuccessfully trying to quit video games since the age of 11.
Henry has been based in Singapore since 2008, where he has built and led multi-disciplinary teams focused on helping investors and corporate clients to execute their growth strategies in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He has also worked with Singapore and U.K. government agencies on their investment and cross-border market entry initiatives. He is currently a Partner leading the Digital and Technology team at PwC Legal International in Singapore (a registered foreign law practice).
Henry has an LLB in English and French Law from King’s College London and has completed a Global Executive MBA at INSEAD.
Howard has led accelerated commercial growth and product strategy at PayPal Europe (as co-founder), Content Technologies (to a $1bn exit) & JustGiving (recently exited at £95m). He has mentored over 20 companies, repeatedly launched and built distinctive, scalable business models and has led BD and Marketing teams throughout his career.
Howard joined Octopus in 2017 focusing on product, marketplaces and SaaS businesses in fintech, edtech and cybersecurity.
Howard is currently chair at Firefly (with BGF and Berengea as investors) and is a Board member at Bridge U.
For the past fourteen years Ian has operated as Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director, Advisor and investor, working alongside European and US based Venture Capital firms to a wide variety of technology businesses both in Europe and North America.
Prior to setting out as an independent, Ian has experienced three NASDAQ IPO’s having held senior positions at Ingres, Sybase and latterly, Portal Software, where he started and grew the EMEA business from scratch to rapidly become the dominant platform for monetising internet services for the large service providers.
In December 2013 Ian joined Octopus Ventures initially as Entrepreneur in Residence and then as Venture Partner, working closely with the management teams of portfolio companies to help accelerate growth, revenue and market traction. Having had experience as both an investor and as a hands-on sales and general management executive, Ian is well placed to understand the demands facing early stage businesses and has now worked with over fifty different technology start-ups.
“People are the most important part of building any company.”
Before joining Octopus, Laura studied Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (go blue!).
Today, he serves as Chairman of the Board at SynchHR, and is a board member at Amplience and Revoo, and a Venture Partner with Octopus Ventures. He was a board member at Market Metrix which was successfully sold to private equity in 2014.
Sarah Ruth Boyer
Sarah Ruth studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College, and in her down time she’s most likely to be found arranging flowers at home or wandering through a Brooklyn park with a coffee in hand.