5 Questions with Deepak Jeevan Kumar, Principal at General Catalyst Partners

Deepak focuses on incubating, funding and launching startups in cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity and data center infrastructure. He has been with General Catalyst Partners since 2010, first in Boston and later in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

He has been closely involved in General Catalyst’s investments in DataGravity, Virtual Instruments, AltiScale, ParElastic, Illumio and Push Computing. He has represented General Catalyst as a speaker or a judge in leading industry conferences such as DEFCON, Strata and DataWeek. Deepak has also published his opinions on Forbes and Techcrunch.

Prior to joining GC, Deepak worked at Sun Microsystems and was an intern at the Yale Investments Office. At Sun, he was involved in designing a few of the top 10 supercomputers in the industry and also led the high performance computing architecture practice in the Asia-Pacific region.

Deepak is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, earning a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering; the Singapore-MIT Alliance, earning a S.M. in Computer Science; and the Yale School of Management, earning an M.B.A.


5 Questions for Deepak:

1. Best lesson you’ve ever learned? Always be the dumbest person in any room!

2. Tips for effectively networking? Network when you don’t need any short-term help. Always think long-term.

3. When do you know you need a vacation? Twice a year

4. Favorite sports team? Red Sox

5. Favorite snack? Anything from Naturebox.com


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