BLACK OCEAN: OLIVER RIPLEY

Black Ocean uniquely combines entrepreneurship, incubation, venture capital and investment banking practices with operations and active management. We take a comprehensive approach to execution and value creation across all that we do.

ABOUT OLIVER RIPLEY:

Oliver is co-founder and CEO of Ocean Group, a private holding company that invests in high-growth industries to create long-term value. He is also co-founder and CEO of Black Ocean, Ocean Group’s digital media company that invests in, builds and operates technology businesses.

Oliver’s main focus right now is serving as CEO of Black Ocean where he oversees the company’s international strategy and manages the groups businesses. Black Ocean has founded or invested into companies in the online space ranging from video streaming, to various content platforms and advertising amongst others.

Oliver was born in the United Kingdom and attended Eton College and Oxford University. He is fluent in six languages.

Q&A WITH OLIVER

WHY ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Because it rocks to wake up every morning and love what you are doing.

WHAT CAN A FELLOW LEARN FROM YOU?

How to start a business, develop ideas and see them through to the end. Also, to be exposed to international business and how to deal with its difficulties. To be part of a team and become a part of a family. Work hard, or go home.

WHAT WILL YOUR FELLOW BE EXPOSED TO?

Through our unique environment having several companies under one roof the fellow can be exposed to many different areas including fundraising, strategy, execution, networking, publishing, ad optimization, sales, data analytics and more.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OUT OF A FELLOW?

We are looking for people that don’t take no for an answer, that embrace being challenged and want to learn. A fellow with passion, creativity, independence, strong people skills and above all, the determination to help us build long lasting companies and a thriving community & office space in New York. The fellow will take a multi-faceted role. There will be the great times – networking with leaders in the tech world – and there will be hard times – late nights analyzing and grinding data!
Basically, we need someone that’s willing to ‘go the distance’ through the hard times as well as do the fun stuff.

WHAT MAKES YOUR STARTUP UNIQUE?

Building and investing in technology startups in New York, London and Moscow has given us a very unique and international insight into all the different aspects of the startup ecosystem. In New York we house our companies under one roof, in a converted firehouse, so that we can work with them on a day-to-day basis. We’re a young, driven team on a mission to help our companies succeed.
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