Blake Armstrong

As SVB’s National Head of Early-Stage Tech BD, Blake Armstrong is based in San Francisco and manages SVB’s go-to-market for its pre-Series A Tech Banking vertical nationwide. In this role, Blake and his team are the “eyes and ears” of the bank, tasked with spotting emerging trends in technology that influence SVB’s product road map and channel partnership strategies. Knowing what a magnificent feat it is to build something new, Blake’s true north is all about serving founders. In fact, nothing brings Blake more fulfillment than adding value to the startups he serves — via ideas, capital, or connections — to help them achieve their goals faster.

This passion for serving early-stage innovators is the thread that has tied all aspects of Blake’s career together. Before taking on his current role, Blake was a vice president in SVB’s enterprise software growth division. Prior to joining the bank, Blake served as a venture partner at The Family, a growth catalyst to early-stage European technology ventures based in Paris, France. Earlier in his career, Blake co-founded a tech startup with a Harvard professor. He also co-founded Edify, a social enterprise in Kigali, Rwanda, that provides financing to small and medium-sized enterprises throughout the developing world. Blake holds an MBA from the University of Oxford in the U.K. and a B.A. in international business from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.

When he’s not working, you’ll likely find Blake in Truckee, CA. He’s probably hiking, chopping firewood, or listening to CCR on his back deck with a White Russian in-hand thinking about how that rug really did tie the room together.
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