General Catalyst Partners

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General Catalyst Partners
Industry Private equity
Founded 2000
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts, Palo Alto, California, New York, New York, United States
Key people
Joel Cutler, David Fialkow, Larry Bohn, Adam Valkin, David Orfao, Neil Sequeira, Hemant Taneja, Steve Herrod
Products Venture capital
Number of employees

General Catalyst Partners is an American venture capital firm focused on Early Stage and XIR/Growth investments.[1] The firm was founded in 2000[2] in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also has offices in Palo Alto, California, and New York City.[3]

It has invested in companies such as Snapchat, Stripe, Airbnb, HubSpot, Datalogix and Warby Parker. General Catalyst also helps to incubate companies,[4] examples including KAYAK, Naturebox, Altiscale and Highfive.


General Catalyst has ten managing directors:[5]

  • Larry Bohn
  • Joel Cutler
  • David Fialkow
  • Bill Fitzgerald
  • Steve Herrod[6]
  • David Orfao
  • Neil Sequeira
  • Brian Shortsleeve
  • Hemant Taneja[7]
  • Adam Valkin

General Catalyst's entrepreneurs-in-residence have included Chris Hughes[8] (co-founder of Facebook), Jeremy Allaire (co-founder of Allaire Corporation and Brightcove), and Naimish Patel (co-founder of Sycamore Networks).


Among the firm's notable investments are:[9]



  1. ^ "Strategy". Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "General Catalyst Raises $675M Seventh Fund". All Things D. December 23, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Our Team". Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Steve Herrod Joins General Catalyst", TechCrunch, January 16, 2013
  7. ^ Hemant Taneja: It’s About Building Relationships, The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2013
  8. ^ Facebook founder to join local venture capital firm The Boston Globe, March 18, 2009
  9. ^ "General Catalyst Partners CrunchBase Profile". CrunchBase. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  10. ^ Boxee Adds $6 Million Second Round; Aims To Take On Microsoft, Apple In Living Room. Reuters, Aug 12, 2009 cached
  11. ^ Steve O'Hear (15 October 2015). "Schoolwork Q&A Site Brainly Scores $9M Series A To Answer The U.S. Expansion Question". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Jordan Crook (15 January 2015). "Classpass Is In Session With $40 Million In Series B". TechCrunch. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Former President of Tandberg Television, Reggie Bradford, Together with General Catalyst Partners, Launches ViTrue, Inc.: World’s First User Created Advertising Platform May 8, 2006
  14. ^ Soars Past 100,000 How-To Video Mark. Reuters

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