executive in residence

David Fialkow

David Fialkow
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David Fialkow

“I love working with creative people and helping them make a difference. I am inspired by founders with big transformational ideas; that’s why our entrepreneurs include young people still in college all the way up to serial founders on their fifth or sixth company.”

As a venture capitalist and an academy award-winning documentary filmmaker / producer, I love working with creative people and helping them have real impact. Before Joel Cutler and I co-founded General Catalyst, we built and sold four companies, including National Leisure Group; Alliance Development Group Retail Growth ATM Systems and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH).

My focus areas include financial services, digital health, AI, and data analytics.

Before business, I studied film at Colgate University, earned a law degree from Boston College, and made documentary films. My wife Nina and I still make documentaries focused on healthcare and social justice. Our film Icarus won the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Documentary Film. 

Other documentary films we have produced include: the VOW, Bending the Arc, The Great Hack, Dissident,Citizen Ashe, The First Wave and others.  

I have raised millions of dollars for kids’ programs by biking, running, climbing, and rowing. I serve on nonprofit boards including Facing History and Ourselves, the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Engineering, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pan-Mass Challenge (former chairman). I am also chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of The Engine at MIT.

Full list of investments can be found here.