Chris Pacitti, founding partner of Elsewhere Partners, has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital investing. He founded Elsewhere Partners to invest in growth-stage software and cloud companies. He remains a General partner at Austin Ventures where he manages part of the existing portfolio.
Chris joined Austin Ventures in 1999 where his investment focus was primarily on early-stage technology companies in the software and Internet sectors. Chris started his venture career in 1995 with TL Ventures, where he was a VP and also focused on early-stage technology investing. Prior to TL Ventures, Chris was a Co-Founder and COO of a technology start-up company that pioneered several industrial applications for a novel oxidizing chemistry.
Chris received his BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the Boards of Directors for the Microsoft Venture Capital Advisory group and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.
Donald focuses on identifying and leading investments in early stage enterprise companies. He is based in our Cambridge office.
Donald comes to General Catalyst from Greylock Partners where he most recently focused on leading investments in big data, open source, cloud, and other enterprise technology markets. While at Greylock, Donald hatched Typesafe, a modern application development platform for the cloud. He led Greylock's Series A investment in the company, served as CEO for its first year of operations, and remains on the Typesafe board of directors.
Prior to Greylock, Donald 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. Prior to that, he led product management for Red Hat’s flagship Enterprise Linux product line, the leading commercial open source operating system. Previously, Donald was in consulting and development roles at search pioneer Inktomi and Oracle.
Donald received 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.
John invests in entrepreneurs who are building technologies that improve the way we work, collaborate and connect with each other.
John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011. John is currently on the Board of Directors of ClearSlide, Jack Mobile, Sparks Mobile, Code for America, and several unannounced investments. He leads Greylock’s investment in Dropbox and led our investments in Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo in 2013) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook in 2012). John previously served on the boards of directors of TripIt (acquired by Concur in 2011), CenterRun (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003), and Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007).
Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, the open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO. Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple’s research labs.
John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford’s d.school, and an advisor to both the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and StartX, Stanford’s start up accelerator.
He is a co-inventor on seven United States patents.
Joseph invests in entrepreneurs building next generation enterprise applications for CRM and healthcare, emerging mobile applications, analytics, big data, and security.
Prior to joining Greylock, Joseph spent the majority of his career as an entrepreneur. He was CEO and co-founded several companies including Vontu, the market leader in Data Loss Prevention which was acquired by Symantec in November 2007 for $350 million. Prior to Vontu, Joseph co-founded and was CEO of Connectify which was acquired by Kana and subsequently went public in 1999. Joseph also worked at Macromedia and Apple, which acquired his first company, Trio Development.
Joseph is currently on the Board of Directors of Sumo Logic, Grand Rounds and Trifacta. Prior to Greylock, Joseph individually invested and actively helped several companies including Lookout, Smartling, and MobileIron.
Joseph has testified before Congress on issues of consumer data security and privacy and served on the Board of the Homeless Prenatal Program, a non-profit helping homeless families to have healthy children and find permanent housing.
Joseph received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board.
Reid Hoffman will serve as our Co-Lead Director following the completion of this offering. He also is a co-founding member of Reinvent Capital. Mr. Hoffman is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded LinkedIn, served as its founding Chief Executive Officer, and served as its Executive Chairman until the company’s acquisition by Microsoft for $26.2 billion. Early in his career, he was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President and served on the founding Board of Directors of PayPal. Mr. Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock (joining Greylock in 2009), a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where he focuses on investing in technology products that can reach hundreds of millions of people. Mr. Hoffman currently serves as Co-Lead Director of RTP. He also serves on Microsoft’s Board and as a director or observer for a number of private companies including Airbnb, Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Blockstream, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Nauto, Neeva, and Xapo. Additionally, Mr. Hoffman also serves on ten not-for-profit boards, including OpenAI, Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Berggruen Institute, Research Bridge Partners, Lever for Change, New America, Do Something, and Opportunity @ Work. Mr. Hoffman also serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab. Over the years, Mr. Hoffman has made early investments in over 100 technology companies, including companies such as Facebook, Ironport, and Zynga. He is the co-author of Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. He also hosts the podcast Masters of Scale. Mr. Hoffman earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. Mr. Hoffman has an honorary doctorate from Babson College and an honorary fellowship from Wolfson College, Oxford University. Mr. Hoffman has received a number of awards, including the Salute to Greatness from the Martin Luther King Center.
Mr. Hoffman has built an intellectual practice around entrepreneurship at scale. Through this, and his decade-long track record as a partner at Greylock, Mr. Hoffman has built a depth of experience and network connectivity across many diverse areas of the technology industry, including marketplaces, social networks, ecommerce, payments, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicle technology, and transportation and logistics. Mr. Hoffman’s network and expertise also expand geographically into networks of technology entrepreneurship across Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Mr. Hoffman was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his depth of expertise and network connectivity across diverse areas of the technology industry including: marketplaces, social networks, ecommerce, payments, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicle technology, and transportation & logistics.