The X-Factor

A key component of General Catalyst’s strategy is to build platform businesses with proven entrepreneurs and executives (“XIRs”) who have deep domain expertise in defined sectors and who can leverage their industry knowledge and operational experience by developing a new start up (or “hatch”) opportunity or take an active role with management teams to help scale and drive the growth of an existing founder-owned business.

Through the XIR program, General Catalyst invests in these accomplished individuals and their ability to hatch a new company or accelerate the growth of an existing business through an active board role, providing leadership, mentorship, operational and strategic support. This collaboration is the X-factor that is designed to accelerate the trajectory and improve the eventual outcome of a business.

Meet the XIRs

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