Niko BonatsosSan Francisco Bay Area, United States
Bio
I work with early-stage worldchanging technology startups and back rockstar founders providing them with the know-how & the capital to launch new products, scale and achieve world domination.

I am particularly interested in investing in and partnering with first time tech founders, who have a strong perspective about solving big problems their way. I don’t mind if you weren’t born in the U.S. (talent is universal, while opportunity is not) or if your accent sounds funny (mine does for sure). I don’t care if you didn’t go to Stanford or if you aren’t a domain expert yet. I partner with tech founders who are learning animals and treat every decision as a learning moment; these are the types that become domain experts a few years later.

I love investing early in:

a. Consumer products and services that upon launch are perceived as stupid, funny, annoying, controversial, maybe insulting and disruptive by most people. My portfolio includes companies like Audius, Bunch, Discord, Sleeper and Snap (fka SnapChat).

b. Consumer & enterprise products and services that streamline existing cumbersome workflows. Technology exists to make our lives better. Combine this with a timely & huge market and billion dollar companies can be created. My portfolio companies include Celo, ClassDojo, Hive, Livongo Health, Medely, Paribus, Remote.com and Wag!.

Thrilled to have led, co-led, sourced and/or be closely involved with 6D.ai (acquired by Niantic), Audius, Bunch, Brighter (acquired by Cigna), Capture, Celo, ClassDojo, Cover, Discord, Hive, Livongo Health (IPO), Microverse, Paribus (acquired by CapitalOne), Remote.com, Snap (IPO), tunein and several more (mostly still stealth) and Wag!.

General Catalyst Partners has raised over $7 billion across 10 funds, established a nationwide presence (offices in Cambridge, NYC, San Fransisco and Palo Alto) and has a unique entrepreneurial DNA. We are very fortunate to have invested in companies like Airbnb, Cadre, Canva, ClassPass, Color Genomics, Datalogix, Datto, Deliveroo, Demandware, Fundbox, Gitlab, Grammarly, Guild Education, Gusto, Hubspot, Illumio, Lemonade, Menlo Security, Jet.com, Kayak, Oscar, Ping Identity, Samsara, Stripe, The Honest Company, ThoughtSpot, Vroom and Warby Parker.
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Experience
Managing Director
General Catalyst
Jan 2011 - Current
R&D Engineer
Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Sep 2007 - Aug 2008
Education
Stanford University
M.S.
University of Cambridge
M.Phil.
Harvard Medical School
National Technical University of Athens
Dipl.-Ing.