Donald Fischer

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Donald focuses on identifying and leading investments in early stage enterprise companies. He is based in our Cambridge, MA office.

Donald comes to General Catalyst from Greylock Partners where he most recently focused on leading investments in big data, open source, cloud, and other enterprise technology markets.  While at Greylock, Donald hatched Typesafe, a modern application development platform for the cloud. He led Greylock's Series A investment in the company, served as CEO for its first year of operations, and remains on the Typesafe board of directors.

Prior to Greylock, Donald was Vice President and General Manager of Online Services at Red Hat, where he oversaw new product launches including Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2.  Prior to that, he led product management for Red Hat’s flagship Enterprise Linux product line, the leading commercial open source operating system. Previously, Donald was in consulting and development roles at search pioneer Inktomi and Oracle.

Donald received a BS in Economics and Computer Science from Yale University, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

If you think Donald's background can help you develop an early stage idea, or grow a more mature business, Submit Your Idea to him after reading our Elements of a Strong Business Plan.

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