Joel Cutler


“I’ve got a real desire to meet the smartest, youngest entrepreneurs out there – those amazing people who show a gutsy instinct in their efforts and energy. My own background as an entrepreneur and CEO is in the travel, consumer specialty retail and direct marketing sectors. Along with David Fialkow, I've founded and run half a dozen companies. Today, I believe in, and seek out, extraordinary, ambitious people to partner with.”

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Prior to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, Joel Cutler (together with David Fialkow) co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on leveraging technology and high standards of customer care for the travel, information services, specialty retail, consumer direct marketing, and payment processing industries. These businesses included: National Leisure Group, one of the largest leisure travel technology and distribution companies in the U.S.; Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank), a national ATM and interactive network provider; 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 and owner of the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Airport duty-free stores, where Joel served as Chairman and CEO.

As a Managing Director and Co-Founder of General Catalyst Partners, Joel invests in both new and existing technology businesses.  His areas of special interest include all aspects of information technology products and services, consumer internet/mobile, e-commerce and online travel.  He is based in the firm’s Cambridge office.

He is a graduate of Colby College and Boston College Law School.

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Joel Cutler
Managing Director