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.”

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.  Joel’s selected investments include AirBnB, Blade Networks, CadreChloe + Isabel, Couchsurfing, Evolv TechnologyFancyHandybookOscar Insurance, Reinvent Commerce, Room 77SabreTrover, Veloce, ViajanetWarby Parker and Wildcard. He past investments include GroupMe (acquired by Skype in August 2011), ITA Software (acquired by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) in April 2011), GameLogic (acquired by Scientific Games Corp. (NASDAQ: SGMS) in August 2010), Jumptap (acquired by Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) in November 2013), (KAYAK (acquired by Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) in May 2013), OLX (acquired by Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN) in August 2010), Reveal Imaging (acquired by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) in August 2010) and Venmo (acquired by Braintree in August 2012, which was acquired by eBay in September 2013).  He is based in the firm’s Cambridge office.

He also serves on the boards at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterChildren’s Hospital BostonFormer board member of The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of AmericaFormer board member of Buckingham, Browne and Nichols SchoolOverseer of The Boys & Girls Club of BostonOverseer at Colby College.

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

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Joel Cutler
Managing Director