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General Catalyst Partners

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Listed in Venture capitalists (VCs)

Investor type: Venture capital investor
This firm invests in the following funding stages: Seed stage, Early stage, Growth stage
Recent investments / portfolio companies:
Advanced Renewable Energy Company (ARC Energy), C12 Energy, CLEAResult, Gridco Systems, Mascoma, Modular Wind, Stion Corporation, SunBorne, SustainX, Verne Global
Assets Under Management (AUM) and recent fund information:
$2.2 billion
Regional and local offices:
East Coast Office:
General Catalyst Partners
20 University Road, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617.234.7000
f: 617.234.7040

West Coast Office:
General Catalyst Partners
444 High Street, Suite 400
Palo Alto, CA 94301
p: 650.618.5900
f: 650.618.5950
Additional URLs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Catalyst_Partners

We at GCVP specialize in two broad stages of investment: early stage and growth equity. We have eight investing partners and tend to be active participants with our portfolio companies, helping with team building, business development and strategy. We currently have $2.2 billion of committed capital under management across six funds.

Our early stage practice focuses on investments of a particular kind:

Hatch – incubating and funding ideas created through our partners and ecosystem of entrepreneurs
Seed – funding an idea that is brought to us in its earliest, most fragile stage
Series A – traditional early stage funding for companies that have proven an initial set of assumptions and attracted a core management team

Our growth equity practice seeks out companies that would benefit from our management, business building and financial expertise. We focus on companies with greater than $10M in revenue, generally profitable in the $3M-30M EBITDA range, and exhibiting high growth. We’re open to minority and majority recapitalizations for shareholder liquidity and management buy-outs, though we favor businesses with strong entrepreneurial leaders that expect to stay in place after we complete an investment.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Our portfolio includes:
– Disruptive technologies that lead to commercially viable energy products and solutions without government subsidies
– Components and systems based on defensible engineering innovations in existing energy markets
– Project development based on scarce assets

GROWTH EQUITY

Our Investment Profile:
– Size of equity investment: $10M-$50M
– Profitable growth companies: $3M-$30M+EBITDA
– Minority or majority ownership: 10%-90%
– Investment capital for shareholder liquidity, growth, or acquisition financing

Transaction Types:
– Growth equity for organic expansion or acquisitions
– Recapitalizations for shareholder liquidity
– Management buyouts or corporate carve-outs

SEED CAPITAL

GC Seed is an investment vehicle established to support entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of company creation. We focus on seed stage investments in capital efficient companies developing disruptive technologies & business models in potentially large markets. Our investments are primarily focused in Silicon Valley, NYC & Boston but we have made some exceptions in markets we know well.

We’re not afraid of committing before a company has traction. Over the years, GCVP has had the privilege to support entrepreneurs to seed or build a number of companies from scratch including Steve Hafner & Paul English (Kayak), Jeremy Allaire & Bob Mason (Brightcove), Ben Fischman (Retail Convergence/RueLaLa), Chris Dixon & Tom Pinckney (SiteAdvisor), Jeff Glass & Michael Burhmann (m-Qube), Jorey Ramer (Jumptap), Stephan Schambach (Demandware) & many more.

We believe strongly in backing the most audacious entrepreneurs and then rolling up our sleeves to support them in building lasting companies. We have developed a program to support entrepreneurs who would prefer to initially raise a smaller amount of capital while still benefiting from the entrepreneurial experience of the General Catalyst partnership and a team of top advisors & service providers.

Focus:

Experience is not a criterion – we look for fresh perspectives & disruptive ideas
We value brilliance, relentless focus & persistence above all
We focus on pursuing the biggest ideas & technical challenges
Whether you’re a brilliant student with a big idea or a proven serial entrepreneur looking to do it again, we want to hear from you. The best way to reach us is through the network of entrepreneurs in our portfolio or through one of our university outreach programs. You can also reach us at opportunities@gcseed.com

Seed Program:

Investments of $50-250k
Over the last year, we have made 20+ seed stage investments
Rapid investment decisions
Access to the resources of General Catalyst Partners
Unparalleled company advisory support

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