Vishy Venugopalan

Vice President, Venture Investing

“The best investors go beyond being a source of capital and unlock business value for founders. Having been a founder, and now an investor, I'm thrilled and honored to help startups on their journey.”

Vishy invests in and partners with startups that are transforming enterprises through the use of data. He believes that data is the new oil and that it will be critical to the success of 21st century businesses. He is particularly fascinated by recent advances in artificial intelligence, and how analytics and automation are emerging as the lifeblood of the new economy.

Vishy brings experiences as an entrepreneur and venture investor to Citi Ventures. Before joining Citi in 2016, Vishy co-founded a conversational commerce startup for retail. Earlier, he was on the investment teams at Bessemer and Longworth Venture Partners, where he covered Big Data and cloud computing startups. He was also an enterprise IT analyst at The 451 Group and a software engineer.

Vishy has an MBA from Wharton, S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science and an S.B. in Cognitive Science from MIT. A resident of sunny Redwood City, CA, Vishy enjoys hiking and international travel. He is a wine connoisseur and enjoys cooking innovative dishes that combine different international cuisines.