Joe White MBE is Her Majesty’s Consul General in San Francisco and Tech Envoy to the US; he worked previously as a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and investor. He has served as: General Partner of Entrepreneur First, a Greylock backed early stage deep tech fund for which he’s raised and run $200m of funds; co-chair of GBx, a curated network of British entrepreneurs; a non-executive director for the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team where he advised on social impact technology products; and a former co-founder of, a website and ecommerce platform hosting 7m sites, which he exited in 2012. He received an MBE from HM The Queen in 2017 for Services to Technology Businesses.


Joe White MBE reflects on his role as the United Kingdom’s Tech Envoy to the United States—the first such British appointment— and argues in favor of a new science and tech-infused diplomacy.