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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 MyPoints.com); Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank); and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.).

My focus areas include financial services, digital health AI and data analytics, as well as leading General Catalyst’s XIR program. Companies I’m currently involved with include BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon), Casana, Catalant, CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), CrossFit, Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Datto (Acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Index (acquired by Stripe), NotCo, Outdoor Voices, PathAI, Rue La La (acquired by GSI Commerce), Superpedestrian, 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. 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. I have always been drawn to powerful storytelling ー and I think that’s what makes me special as an investor. I gravitate to a great story, passionately told.Over the last few years, I have raised millions of dollars for kids’ programs by biking, running, climbing, and rowing. My non-profit boards include 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), as well as chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of The Engine

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