Luis Valdich joined Citi Ventures in 2015 as a Managing Director responsible for its New York office and investing activities in the US east of the Rockies and Europe/Israel. Luis embraces Citi Ventures’ “best of both worlds” corporate venturing model of combining value-added strategic investing with venture capital best practices by investing in high potential startups and driving engagement with Citi executives and clients. Luis invests primarily in FinTech broadly defined and his portfolio includes Clarity Money (acquired by Goldman), HighRadius, PPRO (pending regulatory approval), ScaleFactor, Contguard, SmartAsset, and two others not announced yet.
Prior to Citi, Luis founded and ran JPMorgan Chase's Strategic Investments group for nearly 8 years and invested in 30+ companies including 9 exits (5 IPOs: Square, Markit, BATS/DirectEdge, Air Lease Corp, Solid Biosciences; 4 sales: LME, Source ETF, Chi-X Global, clearXchange-now Zelle), and 3 additional unicorns: Tradeweb, Symphony Communications, Avant.
Previously Luis was a consultant at McKinsey and venture capital principal at Softbank. Luis received his MBA from Harvard University and BA from Franklin & Marshall College. Luis lives in Ridgewood, NJ, with his wife and kids and loves skiing, tennis, travelling, reading, and celebrating life with bubbles.