Alex Macpherson sees a lot of buzz in European entrepreneurship at present, with ‘the best and brightest graduates’ choosing start-ups over traditional City roles. Once in the game, players are ‘shooting to create companies valued in the billions rather than the millions’, the head of ventures says. He is proud to assist such ambitions, having backed such successful names as Gymbox and Zoopla. Octopus offers anything from £250,000 and £5 million in the first round of funding. He says a good angel should realise that business-building takes time, and must know when to support and when to ‘step back’. Out of office, Macpherson likes hobby farming. ‘I enjoy the chaos of keeping chickens, sheep, and pigs!