General Catalyst

General Catalyst

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Headquarters Location

United States, Cambridge


General Catalyst is a well known and established VC, which was founded in 2000. The primary office of this VC is located in Cambridge. This investor is located in North America, United States.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 4-5 participants. Along with General Catalyst, start-ups are often financed by Sapphire Ventures, IVP (Institutional Venture Partners), Dharmesh Shah as well as 360 other investors. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Social Capital, Lowercase Capital, Kodiak Venture Partners, the total number of co-investors is 443. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by Lux Capital, Goldman Sachs, Forerunner Ventures, out of 335 investors from our database.

The fund was created by Bill Fitzgerald, David Fialkow, David Orfao, Joel Cutler. The overall number of key employees in the fund's team is 13.

Snap, Airbnb, Stripe are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. When a start-up has 5+ founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. The country of its foundation and the country of the most frequent investments for the fund coincides - United States. In addition to this location, the fund participated in 14 other locations. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 4-5. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Health Care, E-Commerce. In addition, there are 100 more industries where it has achieved success.

When General Catalyst invests, the average start-up valuation is more than 1 billion dollars. In terms of the fund's performance, this VC has 16 percentage points more exits when compared to other organizations. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2017. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The fund typically enters into 25-48 deals annually. This fund was the most active in 2018. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. In comparison with other funds, General Catalyst makes 12 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name:; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first last, last, last first_initial, first last_initial

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

98.9% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

36.6% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

4.9 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

0.13 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.87 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Following

Lux Capital, Goldman Sachs, Forerunner Ventures

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