VMware CTO Stephen Herrod joins General Catalyst as Partner in Palo Alto Office

  VMware CTO Stephen Herrod joins General Catalyst as Partner in Palo Alto

  Virtualization Pioneer Will Work With Early-Stage Infrastructure Companies

Business Wire

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- January 16, 2013

General Catalyst Partners, a Palo Alto, Calif. and Cambridge, Mass.-based
venture capital and growth equity firm, announced today Dr. Stephen Herrod, a
pioneer in the field of virtualization, will join the Palo Alto office as a
Partner. Steve joins General Catalyst from VMware, the leader in
virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions, where he served as the
company’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and
Development and has, over the course of eleven years, helped grow the company
from 90 employees to over 13,000 employees.

With General Catalyst, Steve’s primary focus will be investing in and
supporting the entrepreneurs at early-stage companies developing the next
generation of technology infrastructure. Steve will also maintain a presence
at VMware as a strategic advisor while continuing in his role as an advisor to

Steve, who has been named “CTO of the Year” by InfoWorld, played a pivotal
role in the creation and development of virtualization technology. While at
VMware, he helped build a world-class engineering organization that has
created numerous industry-changing virtualization solutions and was active in
developing VMware’s partner ecosystem, patent portfolio, and open source
strategy. Prior, Steve served as senior director of software engineering for
Transmeta Corporation, where he engineered an early form of virtualization
known as “Code Morphing.” He also held previous engineering positions with
Silicon Graphics and MIPS Technologies.

“Steve is a pioneer in virtualization and cloud technologies and we are
incredibly pleased to have him join the General Catalyst partnership,” said
Hemant Taneja, Partner at General Catalyst. “Steve will help lead the firm’s
investment focus in next generation infrastructure technologies which we
expect will go through significant transformation over the next decade.”

“Joining General Catalyst allows me to combine my three greatest professional
passions: developing meaningful new technologies, building companies with
strong technical teams and sharing my engineering and leadership experience,”
said Steve. “I was particularly drawn to the firm’s focus of partnering
closely with entrepreneurs and I look forward to living that credo each day.”

Steve holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University and a BA from the
University of Texas at Austin. Steve is passionate about the use of technology
to advance primary education and serves on the Board of Peninsula School, a
PK-8 progressive, independent school in Menlo Park, Calif. Connect with Steve
on Twitter.

About General Catalyst Partners

General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital and growth equity firm that
invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based
companies that will lead innovation and transform industries. Founded in 2000,
General Catalyst Partners leverages its principals' extensive operational,
business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio
companies with a catalyst for success through business-building and
partnership development assistance. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge,
MA and Palo Alto, CA. For more information, visit: www.generalcatalyst.com or


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