February 28, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Spencer Lazar - Partner at General Catalyst

For the 78th episode of our podcast, I interviewed Spencer Lazar, Partner at General Catalyst in New York City.

Spencer has several years of experience as a Venture Capitalist. He previously held investment roles at Accel and Insight Venture Partners. At General Catalyst, he helped open their office in New York. His current portfolio includes companies like Bowery, ClassPass, Fundbox, Giphy, Lemonade, and others.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of great topics like:

  • His passion for photographing street art.
  • Spencer’s background, including some interesting details from his time at Harvard as a resident at Kirkland House over the same period of time that Facebook was getting started.
  • Lessons learned from co-founding his own startup Spontaneously, an early iOS-based mobile calendar.
  • What he is targeting in terms of his investments at General Catalyst.
  • Common pitfalls for companies trying to scale.
  • The current vibe of the New York tech ecosystem.
  • Plus, a lot more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.