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Hemant Taneja    

Managing Director at General Catalyst & Author of "Unscaled"

Hemant Taneja is a managing director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with approximately $3.75 billion under management. He launched the Palo Alto office the firm in 2011. Hemant focuses on founders with an authentic mission to change entire industries. His investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” describes how small, tightly focused companies leverage data and services to successfully take on much larger competitors. Taneja’s current investment portfolio ranges across the fields of energy, education, media, medicine, and finance, and includes companies such as Stripe, Snapchat, Gusto, Livongo Health, TuneIn, ClassDojo, Fundbox, Digit, Fractyl, Gridco Systems, and Highfive. Taneja is also deeply interested in the intersection of technology and policy.

He serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy and co-founded Advanced Energy Economy, a public policy advocacy group. He holds five degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2018, Taneja released his book Unscaled, which delves into the ways in which scrappy startups that grow just big enough are the saviors of our modern economy.

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