Donald Fischer Joins General Catalyst as Venture Partner
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., January 21, 2014-- General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Mass.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and New York-based venture capital firm that makes early stage and XIR/growth equity investments, today announced Donald Fischer (Twitter: @DFF) as its newest venture partner. In this role, Fischer will identify and lead investments in early stage enterprise companies. Fischer joins General Catalyst after five years at Greylock Partners where he most recently focused on leading investments in big data, open source, cloud, and other enterprise technology markets.
“Donald has a great mix of operational experience and a proven track record of leading investments in winning companies,” said Larry Bohn, managing director at General Catalyst (GC). “Donald’s a natural addition to our enterprise-focused investment team and he exemplifies our philosophy of entrepreneurs investing in entrepreneurs. We look forward to having him on board to continue our track record of investing in early stage companies that can transform industries and become market leaders.”
During his tenure at Greylock, Fischer hatched Typesafe, a scalable software platform for multicore processors and cloud. He led Greylock's Series A investment in the company and served as CEO for its first year of operations. Prior to joining Greylock, he was vice president and general manager of online services at Red Hat, where he oversaw new product launches including Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2. Before that, he led product management for Red Hat’s flagship Enterprise Linux product line, the leading commercial open source operating system. Earlier in his career, Fischer held consulting and development roles at search pioneer Inktomi (acquired by Yahoo) and Oracle.
“All of the amazing technologies we use today rely on the underlying infrastructure to make it happen, yet enterprise technologies have rarely been built with a simple user experience in mind. We see that changing, with some great people and companies tackling entirely new approaches,” said Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst. “Donald shares our passion in this space, and brings a wealth of experience to bring to new companies.”
“The team at General Catalyst has built a premier brand that’s on the rise within the venture community. Its bi-coastal presence will give me the opportunity to work with enterprise tech companies coming out of New England, which has always been a strong suit for the region, while also providing a platform to tap into the innovation coming out of Silicon Valley,” said Fischer. “I know there are great things ahead for GC, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”
Fischer holds a BS in economics and computer science from Yale University, an MS in computer science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He will be based in General Catalyst Partners’ Cambridge, Mass. office and regularly in the firms’ Silicon Valley and New York City offices.
About General Catalyst Partners
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that makes early stage and XIR/growth equity investments. General Catalyst Partners invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries. Founded in 2000, General Catalyst Partners leverages the team’s extensive operational, business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio companies with a catalyst for success through business-building and partnership development assistance. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA and New York City. For more information, visit: www.generalcatalyst.com or https://twitter.com/gcvp
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