The Top 25: Anna Patterson, Gradient Ventures

Since Anna Patterson founded Gradient Ventures (GV), the artificial intelligence (AI)-focused fund owned by internet and technology conglomerate Alphabet, in 2017, she has served as a managing partner for the unit.

Alphabet was formed in 2015 to act as an umbrella company for its alpha – internet technology provider Google – and its bets – diversified business interests.

The 2015 realignment involved the firm’s early-stage investment arm, Google Ventures, and its growth-stage unit, Google Capital, being rebranded as GV and CapitalG, respectively.

Google Assistant Investments was also launched in March 2018 with the founder Ilya Gelfenbeyn as its head. The fund, as its name suggests, focuses on digital voice assistance ecosystem.

By early 2019, Gradient had already invested in 20 companies, and all been in relatively early-stage rounds. The latest of which include:

  • Leading a $4m seed round for human resources platform software developer Sapling in February 2019.
  • Leading…

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Edison Fu

Edison Fu is a reporter and Asia liaison at Global Corporate Venturing.