Bindi Karia

VC/Emerging Business Lead
Microsoft Corporation

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, and the EVCA - Digital Agenda Task Force.

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 commodities trading technology start-up which was acquired by GFI Group ; as Strategy Management Consultant at PwC Consulting; and as Senior Business Analyst at Datamonitor.

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