Holly Maloney McConnell
“The best businesses offer customers something truly valuable, whether it’s mission-critical infrastructure, an amazing experience, or an application that simplifies processes. My philosophy as an investor is to bring entrepreneurs exceptional value through a trusted partnership — helping to scale their companies to the next level while further innovating, building unique cultures, and delivering an excellent customer experience.”
I discovered my passion for collaborating with successful management teams early in my profession while advising technology companies at AGC. I learned from the start that the best relationships between companies and investors are based on philosophical alignment around the opportunity at hand and how to maximize it. Working alongside founders and executives as a board member has been critical to developing an innate sense for finding that alignment, building on it, and achieving a shared vision for the business.
I began my career as an investor at Guidepost Growth Equity (FKA: North Bridge Growth Equity) several years ago. I worked hard to build a foundation for what I hoped to be a long-term career: sourcing and executing investments in software-based companies; and cultivating trusted relationships with entrepreneurs and industry executives. While there, I worked closely with companies such as Dyn, Erecruit, Spoonflower, and WP Engine and was focused on infrastructure, communications, human capital management, marketplaces, manufacturing, and digital media. I remain interested in these categories of companies, which operate with highly scalable revenue models that may include subscriptions, transactions, and high margin services.
At General Catalyst, I focus on later-stage companies that have already achieved some success, and have demonstrated capital efficiency prior to our involvement. Scaling a successful business into one that defines or disrupts a category often involves pattern recognition – knowing in advance how events are likely to unfold – and the team at General Catalyst has those insights in abundance. I am fortunate to be surrounded by the wealth of experience within this team.
While I find true passion in my work, I also enjoy being as active (and admittedly, competitive) as I can – running, hiking, biking, exploring. Surfing is a new discovery, so I’m eager to hear about your favorite breaks. Given the significant role the sport played in my life, I proudly support the Boston chapter of Soccer Without Borders, an international organization that serves young people in under-resourced communities through the game.