Bindi Karia

Vice President, Accelerator
Silicon Valley Bank

Bindi currently leads Silicon Valley Bank’s early stage efforts as "Vice President – Accelerator"

Having devoted much of her career in and around the startup ecosystem, most recently as the Venture Capital/Emerging Business lead at Microsoft UK where for five years, Bindi led BizSpark in the UK. She focused on how Microsoft could drive success for early-stage technology companies as well as being responsible for working alongside the UK investor community, including venture capitalists and angel investors on behalf of Microsoft. She also sits on many Advisory Boards, including Seedcamp, Astia, EVCA - Digital Agenda Task Force, SVC2UK CEO Day, and BCS Entrepreneurs.  

Her previous role at Microsoft was as a Business Productivity Advisor, where she was responsible for managing relationships with business decision-makers in the UK Financial Services Sector. She worked to deliver on the benefits and business value of investing in the latest Information Worker technologies. Prior to Microsoft, Bindi worked as Associate Director in Interregnum, a UK-based technology merchant bank; as Business Development Manager at Trayport Ltd, a successful commodities trading technology start-up; as Strategy Management Consultant at PwC Consulting; and as Senior Business Analyst at Datamonitor.  

Bindi has been on the Wired UK Top 100 Digital Power Broker list from 2010 - 2012, on the 2012 Girls in Tech Euro 100 Women's list, named as one of the Six Most Connected Women in the UK by the IoD in 2011,shortlisted as a finalist for Asian Business Woman of the Year in the 2010 AWA Awards. She was also given a special mention in the 2010 TechCrunch Europas Awards as Best Startup Advisor/Mentor and re-nominated in 2011. She is a regular speaker and judge at technology events, and most recently spoke at TEDxAthens 2012.  

Having grown up in Western Canada, Bindi now lives in London, and her hobbies include competing in adventure races, running marathons/duathlons, and skiing.