CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Mass. and Palo Alto, Calif. based venture capital firm today announced that Adam Valkin will join the firm in January 2013 as a General Partner in its Boston office. In this role, Valkin will focus on sourcing early stage investments and working with existing companies in General Catalyst’s portfolio by using his experience to mentor young entrepreneurs.
Adam has spent the last 16 years working with early stage businesses in Europe, Israel and the US as an investor and entrepreneur. Adam joins General Catalyst from Accel Partners, where he was a Venture Partner in the firm’s London office focusing on investments in Internet and mobile services. At Accel he led investments in several early-stage companies including Dragonplay, Hailo, fiverr and Qriously, and also worked with Myheritage, Seeking Alpha and Spotify. “Adam joined Accel almost three years ago and has been a valued member of our team. We are sorry to see him leave but fully support his decision to relocate to Boston to be with his family,” said Kevin Comolli, Partner at Accel. “We are thrilled that he will be joining such a great team at General Catalyst to continue his venture capital career.”
Prior to joining Accel, Adam was Global Head of Digital Media & New Business at television production company Endemol. He was previously a partner at venture capital firm Arts Alliance where he was involved with its investments in Kenshoo, Propertyfinder, Prepay Technologies and was a co-founder, investor and interim CEO of LOVEFiLM which was sold to Amazon.com in 2011.
"We've had a long working relationship with Accel Partners and to have a member of its esteemed London team join GC is a real honor for us," said Joel Cutler, Partner at General Catalyst. "With Adam's track record of building and guiding successful companies, he's a great fit with our focus of entrepreneurs investing in entrepreneurs."
Adam was born in Johannesburg and has lived in South Africa, the US and England. He holds a degree in economics from Harvard University.
About General Catalyst
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital 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. For more information, visit www.generalcatalyst.com.