Our guest today is Simon Rogerson, co-founder of the Octopus Group.
He says that you can broadly split people into two categories in life: those that are a drain and those that radiate energy. It is something that I wholeheartedly agree with.
And Simon is one of life’s biggest radiators, giving off energy wherever he goes.
Octopus are a partner on this podcast and one of the joys of that partnership is being able to spend more time with the company and get a further understanding of what the founders Chris and Simon have built over the last 20 years.
They started a fund management company 20 years in their bedroom with one phone line and one copy of the yellow pages. Now the Octopus Group is one of the most powerful engine rooms of the UK entrepreneurial ecosystem and has been responsible for spinning out unicorns such as Octopus Energy.
The interview is split into two, with this episode focusing on the story of how Octopus was founded, how it became a B-corp, its social responsibilities and how it's disrupting untrusted industries.
Join us next week for more of an exploration of Simon as a character- and how that bleeds into the culture of Octopus as an entity.
If you feel you’ve been affected by the issues Simon has brought up around financial literacy, and want to do something about it, do look up Octopus’ money coach at www.octopusmoneycoach.com
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Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas, and industries that will change the world.