Luis Valdich joined Citi Ventures in 2015 as a Managing Director in its NYC office. He is responsible for fintech investing in both the U.S. and Europe. 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’ investments include Clarity Money (acquired by Goldman Sachs), HighRadius, PPRO, ScaleFactor, Octane Lending, Second Measure, HoneyBook, SmartAsset, and Contguard.
Prior to Citi, Luis founded and ran JPMorgan Chase's Strategic Investments group for nearly 8 years and invested in 30+ companies, notably Square, Markit, Tradeweb, BATS/DirectEdge (acquired by Cboe Global Markets), Air Lease Corp, LME (acquired by HKEX), clearXchange (acquired by Early Warning and renamed Zelle), Symphony Communications, and Avant.
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.