David Fialkow


“I love working with creative people. That’s how I look at and find deals, help develop teams, and work strategically for our companies. I co-founded National Leisure Group, then General Catalyst Partners with my best pals. My history is in building platforms – in travel, financial services and specialty retail. But what I’m always on the lookout for is creative and dynamic people.”

Prior to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, David Fialkow (with Joel Cutler) co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on building applied technology-based platforms and tools for the travel, financial services, specialty retail, and payment processing industries. These businesses included: National Leisure Group (one of the largest travel technology companies in the U.S.; Alliance Development Group (sold to MyPoints.com); Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank) and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.), the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships. David is a former associate of Thomas H. Lee Company and U.S. Venture Partners.

As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, David focuses on investments in both early-stage and through the General Catalyst XIR platform. David’s selected investments include CoachUp, Oceans Healthcare, Superpedestrian and Verne Global. David’s past investments include BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) in October 2009), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic in July 2013), Datalogix (acquired by Oracle in January 2015), Retail Convergence (acquired by GSI Commerce (NASDAQ: GSIC) in November 2009) and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle in June 2012; Neil and GC co-founded the company). He also serves on the boards for Facing History and Ourselves,The Pan-Mass Challenge and Debate Mate. He is based in the firm’s Cambridge office.  

He is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School.

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David Fialkow
Managing Director