Bindi Karia London, UK
- One of the most influential figures in the European tech scene
- VP, Silicon Valley Bank in Europe (2013-2015)
- VC/Emerging Business Lead, Microsoft (2008-2012)
Bindi Karia is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, TechStars Startup Weekend, Tech London Advocates, European Innovation Council, WEF), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). She is deeply inspired by entrepreneurship, and is the founder of a Boutique Advisory Firm, bindi ventures, focused on advising and connecting across four core Innovation pillars (Corporate, Startup, VC Managing Partners, Government) for commercial success.
She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of seven startups, one Venture Debt fund, and is a Venture Partner at a London VC. She also sits on Corporate Digital Advisory Boards, the Advisory Boards of European Innovation Council, Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates, Ambassador for Innovate Finance, Governor at the University of East London, and was recently appointed by World Economic Forum to their Digital Leaders of Europe Group.
She strongly believes in promoting Women in Tech, and seven of her Advisory Board roles are for women-founded businesses.
She joined SVB as SVP, where she focused on building out SVB’s Early Stage Bank in Europe, as well as driving the Bank’s relationships with Corporate and Emerging VCs. Her passion for entrepreneurship was cemented as Venture Capital/Emerging Business lead at Microsoft UK. For five years, she lead BizSpark in the UK. (now Microsoft Ventures). She focused on how Microsoft could drive success for early-stage technology companies, and partnered with the UK Investor Community. She’s an active mentor at many top London Incubators
Known as Queen of Startups, Bindi has won industry accolades over the years. In 2016, Bindi was named by Computer Weekly as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech, Innovate Finance named her as Top 100 Women in FinTech, and Business Cloud Magazine named her as Top 100 Women Blazing a Trail in Tech. In late 2015, Bindi was named Asian Women of the Year at the UK Asian Achievers Awards. In 2014, London Evening Standard named Bindi as part of the Silicon 60 and Top 1000 Influential Londoners, and GQ Magazine named her in Britain’s 100 Most Influential Women List. In 2013, The Guardian named her as one of the Ten Women in Tech to meet; Tech City News named her as one of the 25 faces behind the success of Europe’s fastest growing Tech Cluster. Bindi has been on the Wired UK Top 100 Digital Power Broker list from 2010 – 2012, on 2012 Girls in Tech Euro 100 Women’s list, one of the Six Most Connected Women in the UK (IoD) in 2011.