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Chris McCain

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“I came into the venture capital world for the opportunity to work with dynamic entrepreneurs and the brightest thinkers who are always looking for ways to push themselves further. There’s so much energy in collaborating with smart, driven people and sharing their passion and conviction.”

My official role is Chief Legal Officer, but at General Catalyst we all contribute to helping entrepreneurs overcome challenges, navigate obstacles, find creative solutions and seize opportunities.

As an undergraduate at Boston College, I knew early on that I wanted to be an attorney so I spent a year studying law at Oxford University. While at Boston College law school, I became interested in working with early-stage companies because I was inspired by young entrepreneurs and their ability to see opportunity when most others do not. My first job was with Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, which has a strong venture capital practice. Working in one of the firm’s smaller offices, I was able to roll up my sleeves and quickly learn about the world of venture capital transactions, start-up company needs and growing pains, M&A, fund formation and public offerings.

After they opened their Boston office, I moved to Cooley LLP to benefit from their larger platform for supporting entrepreneurs, venture capital firms and complex M&A. Both Gunderson’s and Cooley’s roots are on the west coast, so I was able to have a window into the Silicon Valley approach to entrepreneurs and start-ups while also working here on the east coast.

Today, I seek to leverage these prior experiences to support our team of dynamic, creative and intelligent individuals here at General Catalyst as well as our diverse ecosystem of exceptional and talented entrepreneurs.

My wife and I have three young sons, who are the only people I know that have more energy than our entrepreneurs. When there’s time to relax (and there isn’t much with the boys), I enjoy throwing my support behind Boston’s sports teams (and, of course, the Boston College Eagles).

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