As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Neil invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include: Internet and new media; software; consumer services; and network infrastructure. He is based in our Palo Alto office.
Before joining General Catalyst Partners, Neil held positions at Time Warner where he was most recently Managing Director, Technology for Time Warner Investments. Formerly AOL Time Warner Ventures, the early stage private investment vehicle for the world's largest media company. During his four years at Time Warner, Neil worked closely with various operating groups including AOL, HBO, Time Inc., Time Warner Cable, Turner and Warner Brothers to identify investment opportunities. Neil sourced, led and was a board director or observer for several of the companies within the Time Warner Investments portfolio including: Arroyo Video Solutions (CSCO), BigBand Networks (BBND), Entropic (ENTR), Goldpocket Interactive (ERIC), N2Broadband (ERIC) and Waterfront Media.
Previously, Neil led Mergers and Acquisitions for CMGI, a diversified technology operating company and venture capital firm. While at CMGI, he worked on a variety of acquisitions and investments in software, media and networking infrastructure, and was actively involved with CMGI companies including Alta Vista (YHOO), Engage, NaviSite (NAVI), Ubid (CCSR), and Yesmail (IUSA). Previously, he was an Associate with Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior to Goldman, Neil was a senior consultant with Accenture, where he managed project teams on technology focused strategic and process initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Neil was an early employee at Goldenvoice Presents, a diversified media company. He’s also a contributor to the founding of OpenRatings (DNB), a venture backed software start-up based in Boston. He’s spoken at numerous media and venture capital conferences and is a judge for the Harvard, MIT and Wharton Business Plan Competitions.
Neil is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a BA in Business/Economics and Harvard Business School, where he received an M.B.A.
- General Catalyst: Boxee, DECA, Elemental Technologies, Flite, Highwinds Network Group, NatureBox, Plum District, Signal Demand, The Honest Company, This Technology and Vostu. Observer on RAMP, StyleSaint and Visible Measures. Former Board Member on Vitrue (acquired by Oracle in June 2012; Neil and GC co-founded the company). Former Board Observer on Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook in August 2010).