A Conversation with Citi’s Deborah Hopkins — Part II


As we continued our conversation (Part I is here), Hopkins talks about Citi Ventures investment approach, overcoming institutional gravity, and why a willingness to be wrong is crucial in an innovation practice.

Can you give me an investment that you’ve made that you’re excited about?

One that I get quite excited about is Ayasdi, because it was the idea of using topological technology to create a picture of patterns. We are all being inundated by massive amounts of data. How do we use technology to see things that we wouldn’t have thought of looking for? Ayasdi does that, and it’s quite fascinating.

When you made that investment, did you then do a proof of concept inside Citi?

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