Lara DruyanManaging Director, Head of Innovation at RBC
Lara Druyan is a Managing Director at RBC where she is the Head of Innovation on the West Coast, responsible for the Bank’s transformation through the smart use of technology. She leads the development of innovation strategy as well as the identification and evaluation of start-ups, partnerships and venture capital investments that drive the Bank’s technology, analytics, payments and infrastructure roadmaps. Her team has initiated, developed KPIs and managed over 20 proofs of concept across the Bank. Lara has also designed partnership strategies to build out the Bank’s ecosystem with high growth companies.
Previously, she was the Founding Partner of G&B Partners, an investment and advisory firm focused on technology companies. She also served as a Venture Partner for Almaz Capital, an Adviser to Pilot Growth Equity and as a Venture Adviser to SRI International where she helped them conceive of, launch and incubate new ventures. Lara served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Investment Committee for the City of San Jose’s Federated Employee Retirement System (a $2B pension plan) for six years. Previously, she was an Investor in Residence at US Venture Partners and a General Partner for over a decade with early-stage venture capital firm, Allegis Capital. Lara also worked at Silicon Graphics as a product manager in its heyday and released a dozen software products while at SGI. Lara has led many investments and served on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards. Some of the companies in which she has invested or served as an adviser include: Xactly (XTLY), Powerset (MSFT), Skout (MEET), Xlink, and Krome Photos. In 2016, she was named as one of the “Silicon Valley Investors You Need to Know” by Inc. In 2017, she was named to the “200 Thought Leaders in Crypto and Blockchain” by Medium. In 2018, she was named as one of the “Innovators to Watch: 44 Executives Shaping the Future of Banking” by Bank Innovation and to Constellation’s “Business Transformation 150”.
Lara holds an AB in Economics with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.