George Liddell is a former scientific researcher turned venture capitalist. He has extensive investment experience, including 30+ early-stage investments and supporting 220+ portfolio companies on behalf of the New Zealand Investment Fund (NZVIF)’s seed fund. George started his career as a plasma physics researcher at Columbia University and transitioned into venture capital at William Morris Endeavor (WME)’s venture fund in New York City. Most recently, he managed NZVIF’s fund of funds program which was a limited partner in several regional venture funds.
George is deeply technical and quantitative. He holds an M.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University, New York, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Additionally, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Science and Innovation in 2014.
Personality Type: ENTJ Ambiverted – happy in social settings but just as comfortable working away alone. I’m also a Kiwi, so I’m relaxed and easy to get along with.
The Super Power I wish I had: Super speed – to become a human supercomputer.
Why I Work in Venture: I love to work hands-on with technologies and the innovators behind them. I’m a technophile that wants to be at the coal-face or in the lab where the work is happening.
Interests: Working with Lithium-ion cells or on a homemade electric motorcycle, watching classic movies, swimming and making hamburgers.