About Simon Rogerson
When he was in his early 20s, Simon Rogerson left his fund manager job to co-found Octopus. Two decades later, he’s an award-winning entrepreneur and CEO of a group of entrepreneurially-minded businesses.
Simon is an angel investor, business mentor and Ironman enthusiast (the triathlon event, not the superhero). He’s also a husband and father of three.
Educated at the University of St Andrews
Co-founded Octopus in 2000
CEO of Octopus Group
Adviser to The Entrepreneurs Network
Makes decisions quickly
Trusts his instincts
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In his own words
The Octopus culture
“Octopus is full of people who share a common purpose. We get out of bed each morning thinking about what we can do that day to make a difference. Then we find a way to make it happen.”
Building better businesses
“You’ve got to have a purpose. If you don’t voluntarily stand up, look around you and work out what you should be doing to help make the world a better place, the chances are that people won’t want to listen to what you have to say.”
Life as an entrepreneur
“There are so many great things about being an entrepreneur. You feel alive all the time, you control your own destiny and you get to see first-hand the difference you’re making to the people and the world around you. I encourage anyone who will listen to make the leap.”
Read Simon’s blog
Simon writes regularly about the topics that matter to him most: thinking like an entrepreneur, building new businesses, outbehaving the competition, and putting customers first.