As an XIR at General Catalyst Partners, Paul Sagan focuses on identifying and supporting businesses that capitalize on trends in cloud computing, hyper-connectivity and mobility, media, and big data.
Paul is vice chairman of Akamai Technologies, which he joined as chief operating officer and employee #15 in 1998, and served as CEO for nine years until 2013. Paul also is a director of three other public companies, EMC, VMware and iRobot, and he serves as non-executive chairman of Datto and L2, two privately-held General Catalyst portfolio companies. Previously, Paul served as a director of Dow Jones & Company, Digitas and Maven Networks before they were acquired.
Paul was a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 1998. He held a number of management positions at Time Warner from 1991 to 1997. He was a founder of Road Runner, the world's first broadband cable modem service, and Pathfinder, one of the early Web properties that pioneered Internet advertising. Paul joined Time Warner Cable in 1991 to design and launch NY 1 News, the television news network based in New York City. Paul's career began in broadcast television news. He joined WCBS-TV in 1981 as a news writer and was named news director in 1987.
President Obama appointed Paul to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner for broadcast journalism in New York, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008, and the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category. In 1996, the World Economic Forum named him a Global Leader for Tomorrow.
Paul is a member of the Visiting Committee in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT; a member of the board of ProPublica; a trustee of Northwestern University and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, where he is co-chairman of the advisory board; a member of the Dean's Council at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and a Winter 2013 Fellow and a member of the advisory board of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at the Kennedy School. He was a member of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.