“We take a team approach to investing. My role is managing the finance and operations organization to enable everyone else to focus on our mission: identifying stand-out entrepreneurs and helping them succeed. In that sense, we don’t have organizational overhead.”
In addition to being a Managing Director, I’m also COO and help oversee finance, legal, compliance and administration. Everything I do has one purpose: making sure the General Catalyst investment team can focus on our entrepreneurs and investments.
One of our strongest values as a firm is the commitment we have to collaborate with and challenge each other. That goes back years before we founded General Catalyst, when a number of us worked together at various companies, ranging from startups to national industry leaders. Today we listen to and mentor our entrepreneurs to take the same approach: build a team based on open, honest communication about roles, responsibilities, risks, and rewards.
This approach has enabled us to seek out different opinions and embrace ambiguity. Many of our best investments were highly debated decisions at the time, and we were able to have the right conversations and make the right call.
Before co-founding General Catalyst, I was vice president and treasurer of a private equity group that acquired under-performing or strategically challenged businesses. Prior to that, I was with KPMG and an adjunct professor at Boston College. I graduated with a B.A. from the College Of The Holy Cross, and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Professional affiliations include the Association for Corporate Growth, the Financial Executives Institute and Director of the Private Equity CFO Association. I am an avid sports fan, played hockey in college before going to law school, and believe there is no substitute for sacrifice, preparation, teamwork and sportsmanship.