Hemant Taneja in 2010
|Born||February, 24 1975
|Residence||Los Altos Hills, California, USA|
|Occupation||Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners|
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Schantz Taneja|
Hemant Taneja (born February 24, 1975) is an Indian-born American venture capitalist. Born in Delhi, India, he moved to the USA in 1990. He is currently a managing director at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge MA based Venture Capital and Private Equity firm.
Early life and education 
Taneja was born in Delhi, India in 1975 and moved to the USA in 1990. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 with an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering.
Early career 
Upon graduating from MIT, he became founder and CEO of Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that was acquired.
General Catalyst Partners 
He joined General Catalyst Partners in 2003, where he played a key role in co-founding JumpTap in 2004. He went on to start the firm's cleantech practice and founded Sunborne Energy. He is currently a managing director, investing in early stage companies and focusing on areas such as disruptive energy solutions and next generation IT platforms.
Venture Investments 
Taneja's invests in clean energy, information technology and healthcare. His clean energy venture investments and board memberships include ARC Energy, C12 Energy (Observer), CLEAResult, Mascoma, Modular Wind, Stion (Observer), and SunBorne Energy. His other investments are Jumptap (Observer), Humedica, Hunch, Sand9, SynapDx, TuneIn--an Internet radio service--and Y Combinator’s start fund. He was formerly a board member of m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign in May 2006, Observer) and SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in April 2006).
Advanced Energy 
Taneja co-founded Advanced energy economy in 2011. Prior to this, in 2007, he co-founded New England Clean Energy Council which is the leading clean energy policy and advocacy group in New England. He was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Climate Protection & Green Economy Advisory Committee. He co-authored an article in Politico titled "Advancing the economy using advanced energy".
Board Memberships 
Former Director SiteAdvisor, Inc.
Director Sand 9, Inc.
Co-Chairman New England Clean Energy Council
Director Hunch Inc.
Director Modular Wind Energy, Inc.
Director Humedica, Inc.
Director Advanced RenewableEnergy Company LLC
Director Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Director SunBorne Energy Holdings, LLC
Director Gridco, Inc.
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Advanced energy economy
2006-Present Director, Chairman of Compensation Committee and Member of Audit Committee Mascoma Corporation
He was named by the Boston Business Journal to the 40 under 40 list.
Personal life 
Taneja lives with his wife Jessica Schantz Taneja and their two children in Los Altos Hills, California.
See also 
- General Catalyst Partners "Hemant Taneja Biography"
- Hemant Taneja “How Can We Disrupt The Cell Carriers?”, “TechCrunch.com”, April 7, 2012
- Galen Moore, "Can Hemant Taneja's latest investment save radio?", "Boston Business Journal", August 7, 2012
- Eric Eldon "General Catalyst Joins SV Angel, Andreessen And Yuri Milner To Invest In The Y Combinator Start Fund", "TechCrunch.com", June 12th, 2012
- Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin "Alternative Energy & the Economy CNBC, December 15, 2011
- Advanced Energy Economy YouTube channel “Close-Up with Hemant Taneja, Managing Direct of General Catalyst Partners and AEE co-founder”, June 21, 2012
- Hemant Taneja "Advancing the economy", Politico, August 10, 2011