Jo Oliver

Jo became a Venture Partner in 2005. Having run several businesses of his own, from publishing surf books to property development, and having made numerous angel investments, including many as an Octopus Venture Partner, Jo joined as a director in the Ventures team in May 2009. He is involved in the team’s investment process, portfolio management and fundraising activity, as well as sitting on a number of the boards of investee companies in the portfolio, including Amplience, Currency Fair, Iovox, Property Partner and SwiftKey, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2016.

Jo qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995. He spent seven years working as a research analyst at NatWest, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, where he led a top rated equity research team specialising in the European mobile telecoms sector including companies such as Vodafone, Orange and O2.