Nitesh Banta


Nitesh is a Principal at General Catalyst Partners, where he focuses on investments in early-stage technology businesses. His areas of special interest include online marketplaces, SMB SaaS software, mobile applications and consumer services. Nitesh has led our investment in Mark43 and is a board member at Brainly. He is also a board observer with Handy, BigCommerce, and CoachUp, and was previously a board observer with Locu (acquired by GoDaddy) and Abine. Nitesh is a strong supporter of first-time entrepreneurs. Nitesh co-founded Rough Draft Ventures, a student run venture initiative in which student entrepreneurs can receive up to $25k to fund their new start-up.  Rough Draft Ventures has backed over 30 companies including Beepi, Mark43 and He is based out of our Cambridge office.

Prior to General Catalyst, Nitesh was on the founding team of Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing company, and was the founder and CEO of Summer Workation, a social enterprise matching teachers with enriching summer opportunities. Nitesh previously worked on a number of education and business strategy consulting cases as an associate at The Parthenon Group. Prior to that, he worked with the Customer Insights and Business Analytics team at Google.

Nitesh is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a B.A. with High Honors in Social Studies and was an inaugural member of the Singularity University graduate studies program.