As an XIR at General Catalyst Partners and based in the Cambridge, MA office, George Bell focuses on investing in later-stage companies in information technology.
George has been involved in the creation and growth of consumer businesses for 25 years. Before General Catalyst, he was CEO of Jumptap, a General Catalyst portfolio company that was sold to Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) in November 2013. Prior to Jumptap, George was a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners from 2006 – 2012 where he focused on investment opportunities in consumer, new media and Internet. Before joining General Catalyst, George was CEO of Upromise, the country’s largest college savings service, sold in 2006 to Sallie Mae. Previously, George was Chairman and CEO of Excite@Home, bringing together the Excite portal with the @Home cable broadband platform in a $7 billion merger.
He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award both in California and New England and four national Emmy Awards as a producer and writer of adventure, wildlife and vanishing culture documentaries. George has also been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes and Business Week, has appeared regularly on CNBC as both as a guest and co-host, and he’s spoken extensively on new media, convergence, and leadership.
George is a graduate of Harvard College, earning a B.A. in English