David Fialkow

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“I love working with creative people. That’s how I look at and finds deals, help develop teams, and work strategically for our companies. I co-founded National Leisure Group, then General Catalyst Partners with my best pals. My history is in building platforms – in travel, financial services and specialty retail. But what I’m always on the lookout for is creative and dynamic people.”

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Prior to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, David Fialkow (with Joel Cutler) co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on building applied technology-based platforms and tools for the travel, financial services, specialty retail, and payment processing industries. These businesses included: National Leisure Group (one of the largest travel technology companies in the U.S.; Alliance Development Group (sold to MyPoints.com); Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank) and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.), the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships. David is a former associate of Thomas H. Lee Company and U.S. Venture Partners.

As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, David focuses on investments in both early-stage and through the General Catalyst XIR platform. David’s selected investments include CoachUpDatalogixOceans Healthcare, Superpedestrian, and Verne Global. David’s past investments include Grain Communications Group, BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) in October 2009), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic in July 2013), Retail Convergence (acquired by GSI Commerce (NASDAQ: GSIC) in November 2009) and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle in June 2012; Neil and GC co-founded the company). He is based in the firm’s Cambridge office. 

He also serves on the boards for Facing History and Ourselves,The Pan-Mass Challenge, The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Debate Mate.  

He is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School.

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David Fialkow
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