Barry O’Brien is Managing Director within Silicon Valley Bank’s Entrepreneur Services Group. SVB banks the world’s most innovative companies and exclusive wineries. The bank’s diverse financial services, knowledge, global network, and world class service increase clients’ probability of success. Forbes Magazine ranks SVB among America’s Best Banks and Fortune Magazine named SVB one of the Best Companies to Work For in 2012.
O’Brien’s primary focus is Corporate Venture Capital. He engages founders and CEOs with relevant, high-impact programming and networking events to add significant value during their development stages. O’Brien is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with corporate venture and corporate development groups, which SVB believes will play an increasingly important role in the venture ecosystem in the future.
Prior to joining SVB, O’Brien was a career Diplomatic Officer in the Irish Foreign Service. He served as Vice Consul of Ireland to the United States and before that had postings in Dublin and Belfast. Prior to joining the Foreign Service O’Brien worked with BearingPoint in Dublin and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, Australia.
Born in Dublin, Ireland and educated at Belvedere College S.J and University College Dublin. He holds a bachelors degree of Economics and a master’s degree of Business Studies. He is a Vice President of the Irish Network USA and was a founder of the American Ireland Fund’s Young Leaders Chapter in San Francisco.