As a Managing Director and Co-Founder of General Catalyst Partners, Joel invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include all aspects of information technology, consumer internet, e-commerce and online travel.
Joel has been responsible for the firm’s investments in Airbnb, Chloe and Isabel, Fancy, GroupMe, Kayak, NLG, OLX, Ostrovok, Reveal Imaging, Room77, Sabre, Trover, Viajanet, and Warby Parker.
Prior to co-founding General Catalyst Partners, Joel, along with David Fialkow, co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on leveraging technology and high standards of customer care for the travel, information services, specialty retail, consumer direct marketing, and payment processing industries. These businesses include: National Leisure Group, one of the largest leisure travel technology and distribution companies in the U.S.; Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank), a national ATM and interactive network provider; 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 and owner of the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Airport duty-free stores, where Joel served as Chairman and CEO.
Joel’s a graduate of Colby College, earning a B.A. in Government and Economics and Boston College Law School, J.D.
- General Catalyst: Chloe + Isabel, Handybook, Jumptap, KAYAK, Ostrovok, Trover, Viajanet, and Warby Parker. Board Observer to Fancy. Former board observer to GroupMe (acquired by Skype in August 2011). Former board member of ITA Software (acquired by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) in April 2011), GameLogic (acquired by Scientific Games Corp. (Nasdaq: SGMS) in August 2010), OLX (acquired by Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN) in August 2010) and Reveal Imaging (acquired by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) in August 2010).