Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is an entrepreneur and investor with 20+ years in the finance and technology sectors, and a passion for technologies that can positively impact the future of humanity.
She started her career in 1999 at Goldman Sachs where she advised on over $8 billion in cross-border M&A, strategic equity investments and equity financing mandates involving US, European and Asian companies in the technology, energy & power, hotel & gaming, and retail & consumer sectors.
She then joined the co-head of Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies to serve as founding Investment Principal at global investment firm TPG-Axon which launched with close to $3 billion in 2004, and where she led global public-market investments in the consumer and technology sectors, initially out of New-York, and then out of Hong-Kong. She relocated to New-York in 2007 to serve as an Investment Partner of Renaissance Technologies’ Mendocino fund, a multi-billion-dollar fund investing primarily for the benefit of the Renaissance principals. She spun out of Renaissance Technologies in 2008 and established her own investment firm, Ajna, where she served as CEO and Portfolio Manager. She was a recipient of Institutional Investor’s rising star award and the Women Forum for the Economy and Society’s rising talent award in 2010. The long/short equity strategy she launched in mid-2008 delivered double digit annualized returns through mid-2011 including during the 2008 financial crisis.
In the fall of 2011, she pivoted to focus on the active management of her growing family assets, and returned capital to outside investors. The assets she manages comprise long-term holdings spanning technology, real estate and hedge funds, with a focus on private and public equity investments in disruptive technology firms, including early stage investments in SpaceX, Docusign (2018 IPO), AI company Sparkcognition, and Ubiquitilink which demonstrated in early 2019 the first “cell tower in space”.
In addition to her investing activities, she was instrumental in beamed energy becoming a part of NASA’s technology roadmap in 2015, as cofounder of Escape Dynamics ranked third of the “Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Space Companies” by Fast Company, and whose technology was featured in Scientific American as “World Changing Idea”. She also started and built out “Entrepreneurs for Hillary”, a nation-wide entrepreneur’s network in support of Hillary Clinton which became a fundraising driving force in the 2016 US Presidential campaign.
She serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Women Corporate Directors. She also serves as a Truman Security Fellow, and a Board Member of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) where she also served as Chair of the Audit & Finance committee. Laetitia was born in France, spent her early formative childhood in Hong Kong, and lives in New York City with her husband Richard, a videogame pioneer and astronaut, and their two children Kinga Shuilong and Ronin Phi. She holds an MBA degree from ESSEC and Harvard Business School.