executive in residence

Joel Cutler

Joel Cutler
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Joel Cutler

“I really want to meet ridiculously creative founders. Great things seem to happen when you get the right combination of amazing people and ideas in the room.”

As a founder, mentor and venture capital investor, I support young entrepreneurs for their entire start-up journey. I love big ideas and being able to establish leaders in a new field that isn’t already saturated with a flock of similar companies. If you’re going into a market or a region where others got there first, you can’t be just a little better. To be a leader, you have to be at least ten times better. Better yet is charting new territory. Then you get to define a space, make something out of nothing and define leadership.

I spent my entrepreneurial career building travel, specialty/targeted consumer-direct commerce and consumer fintech businesses before starting General Catalyst with my friend David Fialkow. That experience has served me well in helping entrepreneurs build really new and next-generation consumer products and services.

In the early days of General Catalyst, I was fortunate to partner with Paul English and Steve Hafner to start KAYAK in our offices to provide consumers with an easy and transparent way to purchase travel services online.

I like working with great teams that relentlessly focus on creating real inflection points in consumer experiences. One of my favorite things is to think through the confluence of new technology platforms and disruptive business models that can be the foundation of new consumer experiences. Companies I’m currently involved with are Airbnb (NASDAQ: ABNB), Atom Finance, BeautyPie, Cadre, Lemonade (NYSE: LMND), Multiverse, Oscar (NYSE: OSCR), Rockets of Awesome, Warby Parker and WellDot. Some of my previous investments include Freebird (acquired by Capital One), GroupMe (acquired by Skype), Handy (acquired by ANGI Homeservices), ITA Software (acquired by Google), Jet (acquired by Walmart), OLX (acquired by Naspers), Reveal Imaging (acquired by SAIC), and Venmo (acquired first by Braintree and then by eBay).

I graduated from Colby College and Boston College Law School. Along with the boards of companies I am involved with, I also serve on the boards of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, and NYU Stern Tech MBA Advisory Board.

Full list of investments can be found here.