About the Author

Liam Fairbairn is a senior vice president in the Early Stage Practice for SVB in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he specializes in serving seed-stage technology companies in the enterprise software, consumer internet and frontier tech sectors. As a relationship manager, he delivers the fast and flexible banking solutions innovators demand. As an advisor, he strives to be each client’s first point of contact when they’re looking to connect with value-add partners in the tech ecosystem who can help entrepreneurs set visionary ideas in motion.

Liam thrives on being at "the tip of the spear" — witnessing game-changing breakthroughs before they impact the world. He’s savored this vantage point again and again throughout his 20-plus years at SVB. While working on a team focused on infrastructure software, he advised tech companies as they transitioned from hardware to cloud-based information delivery. Liam previously partnered with equally groundbreaking entrepreneurs, including life science visionaries in the medical device, biotechnology, diagnostics, nanotechnology and healthcare IT sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University, where he was awarded a scholarship and played Division 1 baseball for the Broncos all four years. Liam also has the distinction of finishing his college career ranked No. 22 in the country by Baseball America in 1997.

Outside of work, Liam currently serves on the board of the San Carlos American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and coaches Little League baseball and softball. He also enjoys life at home in his native Bay Area with his wife and two children, and spends as much time as possible outdoors, especially in Hawaii where he has a large contingent of family. However, Liam feels quite at home at SVB, too, as his sister, wife and sister-in-law all work for the bank.