Suranga joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2014. He was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx, the intelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004. He then led the company for eight years as CEO through its journey of moving to San Francisco, building a profitable business and going public in London where it achieved a peak market capitalisation in excess of $1Bn. Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation - joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company's US CTO in San Francisco.
Suranga has a MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds patents in the area of video discovery and online video advertising, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was chosen as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in 2009. In 2017, Suranga joined the UK Government's Council for Science and Technology. Suranga was granted an OBE for services to technology and engineering in the 2018 UK New Year's Honours.
Live from SuperVenture 2019, Suranga talks about how "data only" will never be a successful strategy for VC firms; how AI and data are being put to work for venture capitalists; why post-2008 there is more enthusiasm around becoming an entrepreneur; and how new technology can drive this trend. SuperReturn 365 Series, March 2019.
Panel discussion at SuperVenture covering how the use of data influences investors source opportunities and how they communicate with one another; will personal connections give way to more data-oriented approaches; and how is data being utilised in due diligence, deal sourcing and reporting. Read more on the SuperReturn 365 site, March 2019.
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