SURANGA CHANDRATILLAKE

BALDERTON CAPITAL

Category
Business Angels
Company Size
Boutique

Suranga Chandratillake knows confidence is important when making your pitch to the VC — it can turn on a simple fashion choice. Balderton Capital’s general partner told the Financial Times of a gaming company owner ‘who clearly wasn’t comfortable’ in a suit two sizes too small, and a woman fidgeting in a hoodie. ‘I thought she was nervous, but she just wasn’t used to wearing hoodies.’ However, the Cambridge-educated Chandratillake cares less about sartorial flair when an entrepreneur pitches a revolutionary idea — he believes a company can be built by the founder in pyjamas. He looks for future stars who can overturn industries, and he’s found unicorns before: Balderton has backed Betfair and social media site Bebo.

Suranga Chandratillake