Launch Circuit: Venture Capital 101 with Lizzie Guynn & Thompson Barro, Citi Ventures
Venture Capital 101: Exploring the differences between traditional VCs versus Corporate VCs
Join the dynamic session to learn the basics of venture capital. Silicon Valley is the world’s center of innovation, which is fueled by investors from Sand Hill Road. Venture capital funds the next generation of unicorns (startups with $1 billion valuations) such as DoorDash, Stripe, and Instacart.
Lizzie joined Citi Ventures in October 2020 and is responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing venture investments in fintech companies. Having grown up in a big family Lizzie embodies the team-player mentality. She believes collaboration results in better decision-making and outcomes for everyone.
Prior to joining Citi Ventures Lizzie was on the investment team at Ultra Capital, a small private equity firm in San Francisco focused on accelerating the flow of capital into infrastructure projects that positively impact the planet. At Ultra, Lizzie worked closely with project company executives to drive value and improve business operations to increase growth and profitability. Lizzie began her career in equity research at Mizuho Securities USA in New York City, where she covered the Power & Utilities sector.
Lizzie graduated from Dartmouth College, where she received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics. Outside of work Lizzie always enjoys an adventure, including sailing on the Bay, hiking, trying new restaurants and cuisines, and traveling to new places!
Thompson joined Citi Ventures in 2019 and is responsible for the sourcing, diligence, and execution of venture investments. He is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in their mission to redefine financial services through the use of innovative technologies and solutions.
He started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, advising on corporate transactions in the financial services space. Following that, he joined Apollo Global Management where he worked to identify and execute strategic initiatives to help drive growth across the firm. Most recently, Thompson was an investor at Scout Ventures and focused on early-stage enterprise software companies.
Thompson currently resides in New York City and is originally from Louisiana. He holds a MS in Finance and a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Thompson is an avid snowboarder, weekend tennis player, and enthusiastic traveler. In his spare time you can find him honing his cooking skills for friends or exploring new restaurants in the city.
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This event is open to all.
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Lizzie GuynnVice President, Venture Investing, Citi Ventures
Thompson BarroVice President, Venture Investing, Citi Ventures
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