Neil Sequeira

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“I have a passion for partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs to disrupt massive markets. At every stage in my career, I have experienced disruption first hand - from building a small media company in the early 90’s to programming in emerging object-oriented code to facilitating road shows for some of today’s foundational online companies. I witnessed the bubble first hand at CMGI and was at AOL from the highs of the 30 millionth subscriber to the lows of a difficult market and merger. My last role pre-GC was leading Investments at TimeWarner where disruption in media fueled my focus on markets I know well – new media, online applications, software and infrastructure. My unwavering goal is to partner with my CEOs, acting as a part of the business development team and supporting them with more than capital as they take on opportunities to change the world.”

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Before joining General Catalyst Partners, Neil Sequeira held positions at Time Warner where he was most recently Managing Director, Technology for Time Warner Investments, formerly AOL Time Warner Ventures, the early stage private investment vehicle for the world’s largest media company at the time.  During his four years at Time Warner, Neil worked closely with various operating groups including AOL, HBO, Time Inc., Time Warner Cable, Turner and Warner Brothers to identify business development and investment opportunities. Neil sourced, led and was a board director or observer for several of the companies within the Time Warner Investments portfolio including: Arroyo Video Solutions (CSCO), BigBand Networks (BBND/ARRS), Entropic (ENTR), Goldpocket Interactive (ERIC), N2Broadband (ERIC) and Everyday Health.

Previously, Neil led Mergers and Acquisitions for CMGI, a diversified technology operating company and venture capital firm. While at CMGI, he worked on a variety of acquisitions and investments in software, media and networking infrastructure, and was actively involved with CMGI companies including Alta Vista (YHOO), Engage, and NaviSite (TWC).  Previously, he was with Goldman Sachs & Co. and was a senior consultant with Accenture, where he managed project teams on technology-focused strategic and process initiatives for Fortune 500 companies.  In addition, Neil was an early employee at Goldenvoice Presents, a diversified media company that manages artists, is a major concert promoter and created Coachella which has since become one of the largest concert festivals in the world.  The company was acquired by AEG.  He was also a contributor to the founding of OpenRatings (DNB), a venture backed software start-up based in Boston. He has spoken at numerous media and venture capital conferences and is a judge for the Harvard, MIT and Wharton Business Plan Competitions.

As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Neil invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include: Internet and new media; software; commerce; and network infrastructure.  He is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

Neil is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. in Business/Economics, and Harvard Business School, where he received an M.B.A.

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Neil Sequeira
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