“General Catalyst works as a team; this stems from our heritage of building companies from the ground up and knowing that the company opportunity is bigger than any one individual can achieve.”
I love building strong companies around great software and helping entrepreneurs scale up their impact, withstand adversity, and achieving something historic. I had the opportunity to build three leading business software companies before joining General Catalyst, taking two of them through their IPOs as CEO.
My path to becoming a venture capitalist is quite unusual; I drove a taxi, worked on a farm, was a short-order cook, and managed a pool hall before getting a BA in English from UMass Amherst and an MA in English Linguistics from Clark University. Later, I taught composition and literature at junior colleges. With an undergrad class in Fortran and some writing skills, I got a job at Data General as a software technical writer and rode the wave that has made software the most important technology of our time.
My investment focus today includes new and existing businesses in cloud-based computing, AI, and SaaS business models, especially with a focus on commerce and analytic applications.
Outside of work, I’m an avid cyclist and occasional woodworker. I’ve been a rider in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) for 22 years and have contributed to raising over $450 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I’m also a proud dad (two grown kids working in healthcare) and not a perfect husband married to a near-perfect wife.