Arvind Purushotham

Arvind Purushotham

Head of Citi Ventures

"Entrepreneurs never cease to amaze me: they combine an appetite for risk with a passion for changing the status quo. I love being part of their journey."


Security, Online Wealth Management, Consumer Banking and Lending, Real Estate and Mortgages, Institutional Banking, Enterprise Infrastructure


Arvind Purushotham is the Head of Citi Ventures. He leads the team’s efforts to catalyze innovation and accelerate growth across Citi by bringing the outside in, building and incubating new capabilities, and delivering thought leadership throughout both the bank and the finance and tech ecosystems.

Arvind also serves as Citi Ventures’ Global Head of Venture Investing, overseeing all of the group’s venture investing activities and partnering with both Citi colleagues and leading startups to bring cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to Citi’s businesses and functions. In addition, he co-leads the Citi Impact Fund, which invests in "double bottom line" U.S.-based private sector companies that are helping address some of society's most pressing challenges.

Prior to Citi, Arvind spent nearly a decade as a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, where he was an investor and Board member at companies including Kazeon Systems, Cavium Networks, Solidcore, nCircle Network Security, Intelligent Results, and Vhayu Technologies. Previously, Arvind was a design engineer and a Program Manager at Intel Corporation.

Arvind obtained his BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, an MSEE from Case Western Reserve University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He enjoys running, photography, and reading in his spare time. Arvind is passionate about golf—a passion, sadly, that his skill level does not match. He lives in Palo Alto, CA with his wife, two sons, and their black lab Rocky.