Dr. Mike Lynch - Young Economists' Dinner

Hosted by Ruffer

April 28 2015


We’ve had politicians (Michael Fallon, Nigel Lawson, even Nigel Farage); we’ve had regulators (Andy Haldane, Paul Tucker); we’ve had entrepreneurs (Luke Johnson, Jon Moulton). And all sorts of others who are trickier to categorize (Jim Wolfensohn, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Brian Griffiths). But, as far as I can remember, we have never had an out-and-out technologist as guest-of-honour at our Young Economists’ dining group.

Well, let’s correct that.

Mike Lynch studied information sciences at Cambridge, from which he received his PhD and where he held a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition. He then founded Neurodynamics, which he sold in 2005, and Autonomy – of which he was CEO for more than 15 years. When he sold Autonomy to HP (for US$11 billion) in 2011, he was universally regarded as Britain’s most successful technologist – and tech entrepreneur.

Since then, Mike has gone on to fund Invoke Capital Partners, focusing on fundamental technology. It is, he says, the only investment team in Europe with a dedicated in-house R&D division – and, like Neurodynamics and Autonomy, is based in Cambridge (as well as in London).

Mike has won numerous awards – including Computer Weekly’s ‘Most Influential Person of the Year’, the Chartered Institute for IT’s award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to IT’ and Global University Venturing’s ‘Personality of the Year’. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, a scientific adviser to the PM – and all that kind of stuff. You get the picture…