As a Managing Director at General Catalyst, Hemant Tenaja invests in early stage technology companies. He is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.
Hemant has spent the last decade partnering with entrepreneurs to build technology companies that can transform industries. He is a frequent commentator on the accelerating platform shift to mobile, with a focus on how technology can unlock “economies of unscale” for small and medium sized businesses. His portfolio includes Stripe (payments platform), SnapChat (mobile messaging), TuneIn (global radio), GridCo Systems (utility infrastructure), SynapDx (Austim diagnostics), Virtual Instruments (infrastructure monitoring), Zen Payroll (payroll software), Sand9 (wireless MEMS), and High Five (video collaboration).
His previous investments included mQube (mobile content delivery, acquired by VeriSign), SiteAdvisor (secure search, acquired by McAfee/Intel), Jumptap (mobile advertising, acquired by Millennial Media), Hunch (decision engine, acquired by eBay), Push Computing (mobile enterprise security, acquired by MobileIron), CleaResult (energy services, acquired by GA), and Humedica (healthcare big data, acquired by UnitedHealth Group).
Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, Hemant was the founder and CEO of isovia, a mobile software platform company that was acquired in 2001.
Hemant is the co-founder and chairman of Advanced Energy Economy, a national non-profit platform focused on influencing public policy to enhance the adoption of affordable, secure and clean energy. He is also an advisor to the Khan Academy.