Piers Linney (born February 1971) is a British businessman and entrepreneur best known for being a 'dragon' on the BBC Two business series Dragons' Den, joining the show for the eleventh season.
Piers started his first business when he was thirteen and, although he always wanted to be his own boss, began his career in law and finance.
Piers is of Barbadian and English descent, growing up in a small mill town in Lancashire where he attended the local comprehensive.
He went on to read Accounting and Law at the University of Manchester and qualified as a solicitor in the City of London in 1997, specialising in venture capital. He then worked in mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse.
Piers left the City in 2000 to start an Internet business and has since been involved in a wide range of businesses across technology, media and telecommunications as a founder, investor and adviser.
In April 2007, with his business partner, he led the buyout of a mobile voice and data reseller, which became the sector leader. Through four acquisitions, a Cloud hosting company was created and the mobile business was sold in 2011 to focus on the Cloud opportunity. Outsourcery was floated on the Alternative Investment Market in May 2013.
Piers has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential black Britons. He lives in central London and supports a range of charities.