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.”

Before Joel Cutler and I co-founded General Catalyst, together we built and sold four companies including National Leisure Group; Alliance Development Group (sold to; Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank); and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.).

My focus areas include travel, financial services and e-commerce. In addition to leading our XIR program, some key investments at General Catalyst include BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon), CatalantCLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Datalogix (acquired by Oracle),  Datto, Elysium Health, Index (acquired by Stripe in March 2018), Outdoor Voices, Rue La La (acquired by GSI Commerce), TrueMotion and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle).

Before going into business, I studied film at Colgate University, earned a law degree from Boston College and made documentary films. Over the last few years, I have raised millions of dollars for kids’ programs by biking, running, climbing and rowing. My wife, Nina, and I still make documentaries focused on healthcare and social justice; our film Icarus,  sold at Sundance in 2017 in one of the largest deals for non-fiction films in Sundance’s history, and won the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Documentary Film. My non-profit boards include Facing History and Ourselves as well as The Pan-Mass Challenge and chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of The Engine.


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