Managing Director and Head of Innovation
Royal Bank of Canada
Lara Druyan is a Managing Director at RBC where she is the Head of Innovation on the West Coast. She is responsible for identifying and working with start-ups on the Bank's behalf, creating partnerships, establishing relationships with the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and new product creation as well as investing in start-ups that are strategic to the Bank. 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 where she helped SRI conceive of, launch and incubate new ventures. Ms. Druyan 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. Ms. Druyan 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, Ironqloud, Galvanize Labs and Krome Photos. In 2016, she was named as one of the “Silicon Valley Investors You Need to Know” by Inc.