As a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, Hemant invests in early stage technology companies. He is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.
Hemant has spent the last 12 years partnering with great entrepreneurs to build technology companies with aspirations to transform industries. His portfolio includes Stripe (payments platform), TuneIn (world's radio), GridCo Systems (utility infrastructure), SynapDx (Austim diagnostics), Virtual Instruments (infrastructure monitoring), Arc Energy (LED manufacturing), Sand9 (wireless MEMS), Sunborne (solar projects in India), Parlay Labs (video collaboration), and Class Dojo (behavioral education).
He is also responsible for the firm's investments in the YCombinator VC fund, Class Dojo (behavioral education), JumpTap (mobile advertising), Mascoma (biofuels), Stion (solar modules), CLEAResult (energy efficiency services), c12 (enhanced oil recovery), Fractyl (diabetes), and DC Devices (congestive heart failure).
His previous investments included mQube (mobile content delivery, acquired by VeriSign), SiteAdvisor (secure search, acquired by McAfee/Intel), Hunch (decision engine, acquired by eBay), Push (mobile enterprise security, acquired by MobileIron), and Humedica (healthcare big data, acquired by UnitedHealth Group).
Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, Hemant was the founder and CEO of Isovia, an acquired mobile software tools company.
Hemant is co-founder and Chairman of Advanced Energy Economy, a national non-profit platform focused on influencing public policy to enhance the adoption of affordable, secure and clean energy. He also serves on the board of the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley.
Hemant is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning 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.
- Information Technology: ClassDojo, Jumptap, Parlay Labs, Sand9, Stripe, TuneIn, and Virtual Instruments.
- Energy: ARC Energy, C12 Energy, Gridco Systems, CLEAResult, Mascoma, Stion and SunBorne Energy.
- Healthcare: Humedica, SynapDx
- Former board member of m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign in May 2006, Observer), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in April 2006) and Hunch (acquired by eBay in November 2011)
Non-profit board memberships