About the Author

James Downing is a director of venture capital services at SVB UK. With more than 15 years of banking experience, James has a strong background in financial services for technology businesses, having devoted much of his career to the innovation sector. He is responsible for building relationships with institutional VC funds across Europe and the US, working with them on their portfolio companies and providing access to SVB’s global platform. He also explores interesting new markets for the bank.

Before joining the UK Branch, James served as a director at Barclays Bank, where he focused on portfolio management and debt origination for businesses in the technology, media and telecommunications sector.

Outside of the office, James is an avid cyclist, spending many weekends riding the English countryside. He also enjoys time at the gym and golfing, as well as cooking and traveling. James also mentors startups, helping to position them as they look to grow their ideas into successful businesses.