Lara Druyan brings over 20 years of leadership experience in innovation, technology and investing. With deep management experience throughout the technology life cycle, Lara has delivered success in all phases of product creation, technology strategy and venture investments. Driving non-organic growth through innovation and M&A, she has closed dozens of transactions, including venture capital investments, equity and debt financings, and acquisitions. Lara's distinctive technology-rooted perspective gives her a clear, realistic view of a company's needs, prospects and potential for successful value creation.
Lara is the Head of Innovation on the West Coast for Royal Bank of Canada, responsible for the evaluation of start-ups and venture capital investments that drive the Bank's technology, analytics, payments and infrastructure road map. She has initiated and managed over a dozen proofs of concept in investment banking, personal and commercial banking, research, fixed income, equities and asset management while designing a partnership strategy to build out the Bank's ecosystem with high-growth Silicon Valley companies.
Having reviewed thousands of business plans, from two-person start-ups to billion dollar public companies, Lara has driven corporate strategy and M&A at public companies and private companies such as Purch, a $120M consumer Internet company. She has successfully structured deals, negotiated terms and led acquisitions.
Named as an "Investor You Need to Know" by Inc. Magazine (2016) and to "200+ Thought Leaders in Crypto and Blockchain " (2018). Honored by the San Jose Business Journal as a Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley (2009). Frequently invited to speak at industry events and at graduate schools of business and engineering.
Investments include: Powerset (MSFT), ClariPhy (IPHI), Xactly (XTLY), Skout (MEET), Facebook (via secondary), Krome Photos, ShopItToMe and others. Serve on a number of boards and advisory boards.