General Catalyst Partners
Bilal is an investor with General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Palo Alto and NYC based venture capital and private equity firm. Bilal focuses on investments in companies with disruptive technology & engineering focus.
Bilal’s passion lies with big ideas, disruptive innovation, and first-time entrepreneurs. Bilal is involved with GC investments in SustainX, Arc Energy, SunBorne Energy, Vette, SynapDx, Novogy, CLEAResult and GridCo, and is an advisor to Entrepreneurial Finance Lab. Bilal serves as the founding chair of StartLabs.org, designed to promote student engineering entrepreneurship, is a co-founder of the annual University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium (URES), is a member of the TiE Entrepreneurship Taskforce, and is a charter member of OPEN. Bilal is also a member of the core founding team of LUMS School of Science and Engineering in Pakistan.
Previously, Bilal was an entrepreneur (co-founder of GEO2 Technologies that also spun out BIO2 Technologies), strategy consultant (The Boston Consulting Group) and a scientific researcher (MIT/PNNL-Department of Energy). Bilal is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry (Prof. Mario Molina - Nobel laureate, 1995). His technical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and dozens of patents & applications. Bilal regularly communicates via his blog & twitter.
About General Catalyst Partners There’s a simple premise behind the founding of General Catalyst in 2000: entrepreneurs are best served by those who've been in their shoes. In fact, all of GC’s managing directors are accomplished entrepreneurs in their own right. We’re familiar with the challenges you face. And we thrive on our ability to use our entrepreneurial experience to assist, guide, and nurture entrepreneurs on their journey.
As a venture capital firm focusing on early stage and growth equity investments, we're thrilled to encounter and delight in helping exceptional entrepreneurs and innovative companies bring a new product to market or transform an industry. But it’s more than just writing a big check. We're tireless in our business-building and partnership development assistance.