WashU alum founds, leads Google’s newly launched venture capital group

Anna Patterson, BS’87, founded and is the managing director of Gradient Ventures, a venture capital group within Google. The firm, which launched on June 11, will invest in early-stage artificial intelligence startups.

Anna Patterson

According to Patterson, Gradient Ventures will invest in “10 to 15 deals this year and will typically commit $1 million to $8 million in each.”

Patterson has been working for Google for the past 7 years, most recently as the company’s Vice President of Engineering in AI, where she helped integrate AI into products across Google. Patterson is also the co-founder of Cuil, a clustering-based search engine, and serves on the National Council for the School of Engineering & Applied Science for WashU. She is the winner of the prestigious ABIE award, which celebrates the accomplishments of women in computing, and is thought by many to be one of the most important women in technology.

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