“I love working with creative people and helping them make a difference. I am inspired by founders with big transformational ideas; that’s why our entrepreneurs include young people still in college all the way up to serial founders on their fifth or sixth company.”
Before Joel Cutler and I co-founded General Catalyst, together we built and sold four companies including National Leisure Group; 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.).
My focus areas include travel, financial services and e-commerce. In addition to leading our XIR program, some key investments at General Catalyst include BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Datto, Highwinds, NatureBox, Outdoor Voices, Rue La La (acquired by GSI Commerce), TrueMotion and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle).
Before going into business, I studied film at Colgate University, earned a law degree from Boston College and made documentary films. Over the last few years, I have raised millions of dollars for kids’ programs by biking, running, climbing and rowing. My wife, Nina, and I still make documentaries focused on healthcare and social justice. My non-profit boards include: Facing History and Ourselves and Debate Mate as well as serving as chairman of the board of The Pan-Mass Challenge.