Eileen Burbridge has been hailed by media outlets as Britain’s queen of VCs. She has a knack for picking the right project, even backing Lulu – a dating app that turned heads because it allows women to rate men. She cut her teeth in the tech industry by working at some of Silicon Valley’s most recognised names, like Apple, Yahoo and Sun Microsystems.
Burbridge moved to London in 2004 to become one of the first employees at Skype – where she claims she wasn’t paid a salary for the first eight months. Burbridge refuses to invest in “jerks” and has made a success of her, at times, seemingly maverick approach to investments.
She now holds the specialised position of FinTech Envoy at the Treasury as well as being a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and the Chair of Tech City UK.
In 2018, she was listed on Forbes’ World’s Top 50 Women in Tech and Europe’s Top 50 Women in Tech lists.