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About the author

Bindi Karia
VC/Emerging Business lead, Microsoft UK

Bindi is VC/Emerging Business lead for Microsoft UK and is the UK member of the Silicon Valley Emerging Business Team. She leads BizSpark and BizSpark One in the UK, where she focuses on how Microsoft can drive success for leading edge and early-stage technology companies. She is also responsible for managing the relationships with the UK Investor Community, including Venture Capitalist, Angels and other Investor Organisations. In addition, Bindi sits on many Advisory Boards, including Seedcamp, Astia, EVCA - Digital Agenda Task Force, The Cambridge Phenomenon, TechMediaInvest, and Telegraph Tech 100.

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 by highlighting the importance of ‘worker productivity’, from the CEO to the call centre. 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 was named to the Wired UK Top 100 Digital Power Broker lists in both 2011 (#39) and 2010 (#42), 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 of the Year, and re-nominated in 2011.

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

www.microsoft.com/bizspark

Author's entries

  • Start-ups showcase impressive innovations

    Bindi Karia VC/Emerging Business lead, Microsoft UK - 13 June 2012

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  • 2012’s Olympic host is on a winning streak for start-ups

    Bindi Karia VC/Emerging Business lead, Microsoft UK - 05 June 2012

    Holding this year’s European BizSpark Summit in London gives me a good chance to put the spotlight on why the UK’s capital city has become one of the best places for start-ups (and business in general).

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  • The story continues for Italian BizSpark start-up winners

    Bindi Karia VC/Emerging Business lead, Microsoft UK - 30 May 2012

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