Alex Macpherson


Alex is Chairman of Octopus Ventures. Having started, built and sold his own business, Alex has been in the same position as many entrepreneurs. He founded Katalyst Ventures with his colleagues in 2000, creating the private angel network prior to its sale in 2007 to Octopus and rebranding as Octopus Ventures. Over the following ten years Alex led Octopus Ventures as CEO building assets under management from under £20m to in excess of £700m, growing the team from four to 30, with offices in London and New York as well as representation in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Singapore. Alex remains actively involved in new deal transactions, portfolio management, exits and new fund creation. Under Alex’s leadership, Octopus Ventures has established itself as one of the leading European venture capital houses.