Hemant Taneja is an investor, founder, and author. He is CEO and managing director of the venture capital firm General Catalyst, partnering with founders from seed through growth stage and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. Hemant is an early investor in market-leading companies like Stripe, Livongo (acquired by Teladoc in an $18.5B merger, the largest in digital health history to-date), Samsara (NYSE: IOT), Snap (NYSE: SNAP), Olive, Applied Intuition, Grammarly, Gusto, and Ro.
Hemant is an advocate for Responsible Innovation, aligning innovation with the long-term interests of society by engineering for growth and good with greater intention, fewer unintended consequences, and increased inclusivity. In his 2022 book Intended Consequences: How to Build Market-Leading Companies with Responsible Innovation, Hemant lays out an actionable framework for founders and executives on how to create innovative companies built for growth and for societal good that withstand the test of time. Hemant is also co-founder and chairman of Responsible Innovation Labs, a non-profit consortium of leaders aiming to create standards of innovation to serve the needs of a global society, and to help build enduring companies that re-center technology as a force for good. He is a visionary leader in the healthcare space. His 2020 book,
UnHealthcare: A Manifesto for Health Assurance, co-authored with Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of Jefferson Health, details their thesis for how the healthcare system needs to transform from a “sick care” system into a Health Assurance system designed to help people stay well, bend the cost curve, and make quality care more affordable and more accessible to all. In Unscaled, released in 2018, Hemant articulates the need for accountability, transparency and explainability as AI permeates every aspect of
our daily lives.
Hemant serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Board of Fellows and has worked on climate and energy issues as the co-founder and Chairman of Advanced Energy Economy.