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Nitesh Banta

Co-Founder and CEO, B12

Nitesh is a serial entrepreneur who champions other entrepreneurs. Currently, he is CEO and co-founder of B12, back in the startup world after a successful stint as a VC at General Catalyst Partners where he focused on investments in early-stage technology businesses.

A true vanguard and supporter of first-time entrepreneurs, Nitesh co-founded Rough Draft Ventures, a student run venture initiative where student entrepreneurs can receive up to $25k to fund their new start-up. Rough Draft Ventures has backed over 75 companies including Beepi, Mark43 and Workflow .

At General Catalyst, Nitesh focused on investments in SMB software and online marketplaces. His investments include: Boxed, BigCommerce, Brainly, Handy, Locu (acquired by GoDaddy) and Mark43.

Prior to General Catalyst, he was on the founding team of Getaround, a peer-to-peer carsharing company. After a summer internship with the Customer Insights and Business Analytics team at Google, Nitesh became obsessed with technology as a force of good. He started his first business in college to help teachers gain access to summer internships and has not looked back ever since.
Nitesh is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was a John Harvard Scholar and was an inaugural member of the Singularity University graduate studies program. He was recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work as a VC. Nitesh has been friends with B12 co-founder Adam Marcus since middle school.