“General Catalyst works as a team; this comes from our heritage of building companies from the ground up and knowing that the 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 achieve 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.
At General Catalyst, I’m involved with companies that transform a range of industries, including:
B12, Bigcommerce, Black Duck Software (acquired by Synopsys in December 2017), Clarabridge, Drift, Feedvisor, GoodData, HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS), Kensho (acquired by S&P Global in April 2018), L2 (acquired by Gartner in March 2017), Mark43, Semantic Machines (acquired by Microsoft in May 2018), and Yottaa. I also co-founded the Velocity Network, which connects enterprise decision makers with emerging start-ups.
My path to becoming a venture capitalist is quite unusual. I delivered groceries, 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 a junior college. With an undergrad class in Fortran and some writing skills, I got a job at Data General 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 open-source, cloud-based computing, and SaaS business models, especially with a focus on commerce and analytic applications.
Outside of work, I’m an avid cyclist and woodworker. I’ve been a rider in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) for 17 years and have contributed to raising over $400 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.