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Startup Grind: Gurjeet Singh (Ayasdi) and Debby Hopkins (Citi Ventures) at Startup Grind Global 2016

Posted: 1 September 2016  |  Source: Startup Grind


Gurjeet Singh is the CEO and co-founder of Ayasdi. In this position, he leads a technology movement that emphasizes the importance of extracting insight from data, not just storing and organizing it. Prior to starting Ayasdi, Gurjeet worked at Google and Texas Instruments and was named by Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40 in 2015. He is the author of numerous patents and has published in a variety of top mathematics and computer science journals. Gurjeet is a graduate of Delhi University and Stanford University.

Debby founded and built Citi Ventures recognizing the critical role innovation must play in driving growth at Citi amid accelerating disruptive forces and heightened customer expectations. A lifelong change agent, Debby partners with Citi’s businesses to shepherd creativity and implement breakthrough solutions. Based in Palo Alto, her team works to connect Citi to the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem through their work in venture investing, identification of transformative trends, sponsorship of a network of labs, accelerators across the company and bringing the adoption of Lean Start Up to the enterprise. Since joining Citi in 2003, Debby has served in a number of executive roles including Head of Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, and Chief Operations & Technology Officer. She continues to act as a senior advisor to Citi’s Global Investment Bank. Her experience prior to Citi spans multiple industries; automotive, aerospace, telecommunications and information technology. Previous roles include Chief Financial Officer at both Boeing and Lucent Technologies, VP of Finance at General Motors Europe and General Auditor at General Motors. At Unisys she was General Manager of Information Services and Corporate Controller. Debby serves on the board of Qlik Technologies as well as the Advisory Boards of Riverwood Capital and Stanford’s Technology Venture program. Recently she was named an Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Fortune has twice placed Debby among the top 10 most powerful women in business and she has been on the Institutional Investor’s Top 50 list every year since 2011. Debby holds honorary doctorate degrees from Westminster College and Walsh College.