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Dr. Steve Herrod

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Dr. Steve Herrod

“Applications, especially consumer-centric ones, receive the most publicity, but I prefer infrastructure- and developer-centric companies that enable these amazing new experiences. Enabling and accelerating the entire technology world… that’s leverage and that’s impact!”

I focus on companies aspiring to deliver significant advances to developers and to computing infrastructure. The thornier the problems, the better! I am an active board member at AnomaliArmorblox, Curai, Illumio, Menlo Security, Preempt SecurityContrast Security, and Espressive, and former board member of SignalFx (acquired by Splunk in October 2019) and RiskRecon (acquired by MasterCard in January 2020). I love working with other General Catalyst companies as well. I am also active with HeavyBit Industries, a community for developer-centric entrepreneurs.

Prior to General Catalyst, I was CTO and senior vice president of R&D at VMware. I worked on the underlying technology in graduate school and joined the company in 2001… what a journey. I had an incredible experience as we built a world-class engineering team with 3,000 people, delivered numerous industry-changing products, and achieved over $4 billion in annual revenue. I also played a role in more than 20 acquisitions. I want to help new companies achieve similar success, with an eye particularly toward building world-class engineering teams and strategic product plans.

Prior to VMware, I was heavily focused on the lowest levels of the hardware/software interface. Examples include co-leading the development of an x86-compatible CPU using “Code Morphing” at Transmeta Corporation and helping architect the MIPS R10000 processor at SGI.

I graduated with a Ph.D. and MS degree in computer science from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. I’m from Dallas (Go, Cowboys!) and live on the Peninsula with my wife and three kids.

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