David Fialkow


“I love working with creative people. That’s how I look at and finds 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.”

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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.  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