Zihao Xu

Zihao Xu

Investment Manager, Octopus Ventures

Zihao joined Octopus Ventures in 2016. He focuses on deals within fintech, insurtech and distributed ledger technologies, and is excited by businesses that aim to vastly improve society’s ability to exchange and allocate resources and risk. Zihao is particularly drawn to public ledger blockchain projects that enable or utilise open and permissionless incentive structures to unlock innovation in hitherto closed ecosystems. Prior to Octopus he was a Senior Consultant at Roland Berger where he led strategic, operational and commercial diligence projects across a range of industries. He also set up a direct-to-consumer ecommerce sunglasses brand while working at Roland Berger. Zihao was born in China and holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, where a curiosity in Austrian business cycle theory led him down the rabbit hole of denationalised money and formed the basis of his enthusiasm for the permissionless distributed ledger ecosystem.

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