General Catalyst

General Catalyst

A venture capital firm that invests in early state start ups in education, research, health care, and social work.

General Catalyst is a venture capital firm founded in 2000. It was established by Bill Fitzgerald, David Fialkow, David Orfao, and Joel Cutler. General Catalyst is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with additional offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. As of October 2019, the firm has sold off its shares in 193 companies and is currently managing a portfolio of 226 companies.

Timeline

March 31, 2020

General Catalyst announces that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 million early-stage fund, a $1 billion growth fund for companies with $10 million-plus in annual revenue, and a $700 million "endurance fund" to back large companies doing more than $100 million in sales.

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
FundersClub

A microventure capital firm and syndicate in California that focuses on seed and early stage investments.

Stripe is a financial technology company providing software that allows businesses and individuals to make and receive online payments.

Canva is a company operating as an online graphic design platform. It provides users with a drag-and-drop design tool and a library of stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts.

Circle is a peer-to-peer payments technology company that is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville.

An insurance technology company utilizing technology, design and data to humanize health care. and offer health insurance.

Snapchat, a product of Snap Inc., is a free image messaging application and augmented reality platform.

An insurance technology company using artificial intelligence and behavioural economics to offer home and renters insurance.

Monzo is a software development company developing mobile banking applications.

Universe is a mobile website builder offering no code development founded in 2014 by Joseph Cohen.

Kernel is a neuroscience and engineering company founded in 2016, based in Los Angeles. Kernel is developing neuroprosthetics that mimic or assist brain functions for patients with neurological and degenerative brain diseases. In the long term Kernel plans to develop less invasive brain implants that can augment human intelligence.

B2B company providing legal services for startups through tech-based platform.

An internet company building a different way to get home broadband internet. It is located in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2016.

Samsara is a company developing and building sensor systems that utilizes wireless sensors with remote networking and cloud-based analytics, founded by John Bicket and Sanjit Biswas

Butter.ai is an artificial Intelligence company founded by Juan Carlos Perez, Danial Jaffry, Jordan Knox and Adam Walz.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
General Catalyst Group VI, L.P.
500,000,000
500,000,000
December 28, 2011
660,000,000
660,000,000
December 23, 2013
1,375,000,000
1,375,000,000
March 23, 2018
660,000,000
660,000,000
February 4, 2016
14,660,000
14,660,000
November 2019
95,000,000
95,000,000
September 2019
10,000,000
10,000,000
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Andrew Knez

Employee

Andrew Vassallo

Employee

Barron Caster

Employee

Bilal Zuberi

Employee

Bill Fitzgerald

Founder

Brian Shin

Investor

Chris Farmer

Employee

Clay Cole

Employee

Clayton Gran

Employee

Dan Giovacchini

Investor

Danny Crichton

Employee

David Fialkow

Founder

David Orfao

Employee

Deepak Jeevankumar

Employee

Donald Fischer

Employee

George Bell

Employee

Hemant Taneja

Employee

Hugh Crean

Employee

Joel Cutler

Founder

John Monagle

Employee

John Simon

Employee

Jonathan Teo

Employee

Juan Luis Leung Li

Employee

Kevin Colleran

Employee

Matthew Tara

Employee

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Abine

Admirals Bank

Airbnb

Airmap

All Turtles

Altiscale

Anaconda

Angle

Anomali

Atrium

Axium

B12

BBN Technologies

Big Commerce

Big Fish

Bionx

BlackDuck

Blade

Bowery

Boxee

Brainly

Brightcove

Brighter

Bullhorn

Bustle

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
AlleyWatch
September 17, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
July 4, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Judy Rider
June 19, 2020
Crunchbase News
A look at this week's 70 European-area tech funding deals, which totaled over $1 billion.
Connie Loizos
March 31, 2020
TechCrunch
General Catalyst, the 20-year-old venture firm that has been bulking up in recent years, announced this morning that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 million early-stage fund, a $1 billion growth fund for companies with $10 million-plus in annual revenue, and a $700 million "endurance fund" to back [...]
Alex Wilhelm
March 5, 2020
TechCrunch
General Catalyst, a well-known venture capital firm with at least $1.4 billion in funds raised over time, has backed Hubspot, Jet, Ping Identity, and Kayak over the years. And General Catalyst isn't slowing down, taking part in ten known rounds so far in 2020, including Karius's Series B, Fastforward.ai's Seed round and Nova Credit's Series B. [...]
Lucas Matney
February 14, 2020
TechCrunch
In case you haven't heard, VCs are loving on workplace software as of late and productivity tools that help teams collaborate seem to be a particular frothy area of investment. A smattering of top VC firms and angels including General Catalyst, First Round Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Biz Stone and Ellen Pao are throwing their confidence [...]
January 28, 2020
WebWire
SECURITI.ai, the leader in PrivacyOps and data security automation, today announces $50 million in Series B financing led by General Catalyst with participation from Mayfield. The latest round comes months after the company's Series A and brings total fundraise to $81 million. The company is also announcing growth milestones, international expansion and senior management a
Troy Wolverton
October 31, 2019
Business Insider
Before he became a venture capitalist, Steve Herrod was an engineer and a chief technology officer. He says that background gives him a leg up.
Neesha A. Tambe
August 27, 2019
TechCrunch
TechCrunch will partner with General Catalyst for Include Office Hours on September 4th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Partners Niko Bonatsos and Kyle Doherty will meet with underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs to provide key feedback and advice. Founders, apply here! Founded in 2014, TechCrunch launched the Include Program in an effort to leverage the extensive TechCrunch [...]

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