Dr Mike Lynch, OBE, FREng is the co-founder of Autonomy. Dr Lynch has long been regarded as a visionary figure within the technology world and was awarded the OBE for services to enterprise in 2006.
Dr Lynch completed a PhD in signal processing and communications research at the University of Cambridge, and then undertook a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition. Using this research he co-founded Autonomy in 1996, which went on to become the UK’s fastest-growing and largest software company, and a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Dr Lynch was CEO of Autonomy for 15 years, until its acquisition by Hewlett Packard in 2011.
In addition to Autonomy, Dr Lynch has founded or advised a number of companies ranging from Neurodynamics to Blinkx. He has invested in a number of start-ups, most recently Featurespace, and has also advised venture capital and private equity groups such as Apax Partners and the Carlyle Group.
Alongside his entrepreneurial career, Dr Lynch has a number of board seats and advisory roles. He is a non-executive director of the BBC, the British Library, and Cambridge Enterprise. He is a council member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Foundation for Science and Technology, of which he is also a trustee. He is a member of the advisory board of Tech City’s Investment Committee. He is an advisor to the Prince’s Trust technology group and a founding investor of Bridges Venturing, which is a sustainable growth investment firm. He is also a member of the UK’s Council on Science and Technology.
During his career, Dr Lynch has received many awards and accolades. In September 2012 he was inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Tim Berners-Lee. In 2011 he received the Outstanding Contribution award in the UKIT Industry awards and was named Most Influential Person in UK IT by Computer Weekly.
Dr Lynch is married and has two daughters.