Before Joel Cutler and I co-founded General Catalyst, together we built and sold four companies including National Leisure Group; Alliance Development Group (sold to MyPoints.com); Retail Growth ATM Systems (sold to PNC Bank); and Starboard Cruise Services (sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.).
My focus areas include travel, financial services and e-commerce. In addition to leading our XIR program, some key investments at General Catalyst include BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Datto, Rue La La (acquired by GSI Commerce),
and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle).
Before going into business, I studied film at Colgate University, earned a law degree from Boston College and made documentary films. Over the last few years, I have raised millions of dollars for kids’ programs by biking, running, climbing and rowing. My wife, Nina, and I still make documentaries focused on healthcare and social justice. My non-profit boards include: Facing History and Ourselves and Debate Mate as well as serving as chairman of the board of The Pan-Mass Challenge.
Karen Gordon Mills served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 until August 2013. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on U.S. Competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation.
As SBA Administrator and a Cabinet member, Mills served on the President’s National Economic Council and was a key member of the White House economic team. At the SBA, she led a team of more than 3,000 employees and managed a loan guarantee portfolio of over $100 billion. Mills is credited with turning around the Agency, streamlining loan programs, shortening turnaround times, and reducing paperwork. These efforts resulted in record-breaking years for SBA lending and investments in growth capital. In addition, Mills helped small businesses create regional economic clusters, gain access to early stage capital, hire skilled workers, boost exports, and tap into government and commercial supply chains.
Prior to the SBA, Mills held leadership positions in the private sector, including as a partner in several private equity firms, and served on the boards of Scotts Miracle-Gro and Arrow Electronics. Most recently, she was president of MMP Group, which invested in businesses in consumer products, food, textiles, and industrial components. In 2007, Maine Governor John Baldacci appointed Mills to chair Maine’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, where she focused on regional development initiatives, including a regional economic cluster with Maine’s boatbuilding industry.
Mills earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. She is a past vice chairman of the Harvard Overseers, and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Corporation.
As an XIR at General Catalyst Partners, Scott Griffith focuses on identifying and supporting innovative businesses that are driving growth and creating value by offering a category leading experience with a specific interest in marketplace-driven business models and the sharing economy. He is based in the firm’s Cambridge office.
Prior to joining General Catalyst, Scott served as chairman and CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network. During his ten-year tenure, he transformed Zipcar from a small business into a profitable public company, growing it from $2 million to nearly $300 million in revenues through organic growth and acquisitions before taking it public in 2011. In 2011, he engineered Zipcar’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), and in 2013 led the strategic sale of Zipcar to Avis Budget Group for approximately $500 million.
Prior to Zipcar, Scott held senior level positions at the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA), Information America and the Parthenon Group.
He serves on the boards of CoachUp (a General Catalyst portfolio company) and the Alliance for Business Leadership. He also serves as leadership council chairman for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
As the founder of Envoy, Robert Meltzer dedicated himself to the pursuit of revolutionizing immigration and employment compliance process management.
Meltzer began his career at the legal office of the United Nations World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, concentrating on public international law, international contracts and international copyright. Upon returning to the United States, he entered private practice, where he continued to focus on international business law and expanded his practice to include immigration law — representing clients on a broad range of immigration issues. He has experience in all appellate processes of immigration law and has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Meltzer is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has been a member of the International and Immigration Law sections of the Illinois State Bar Association, of which he served as chair. He is also an author, lecturer and has been a professor of international law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Meltzer earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a juris doctor degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. He received certificates and diplomas from the Henry Dunant Institute in Geneva, the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme in Strasbourg, France and the University of Salzburg/McGeorge School of Law in Salzburg, Austria.
After practicing law for 15 years, Meltzer came to understand the profound and widely unknown and misunderstood challenges faced by immigrants and visitors to the United States. He realized the potential to streamline the immigration process by using technology and founded Envoy. For more than 15 years, Envoy has helped tens of thousands of businesses and individuals navigate the immigration process in the United States and abroad.
Dick Burke is the president and chief executive officer of Envoy. He is responsible for the development of the overall company strategy, marketing, sales, finance, business development and technology, while managing day-to-day operations.
He has vast growth business and management experience as well as legal services insight. Prior to Envoy, Burke served as president of Apartments.com, where he managed its business operations, including sales, marketing, product development, production, customer service and technology. During his tenure, the business attained record numbers in customers, traffic and revenues.
Previously, Burke served as senior vice president of administration and corporate development for Classified Ventures LLC. In this capacity, he oversaw Homegain.com, the company’s online real estate business. In addition, he led the company’s corporate services division, comprised of corporate technology, legal, human resources, communications, facilities and corporate development. He played an integral role in successful acquisitions, including Apartment Home Living. Burke signed the papers that formed Classified Ventures LLC in 1997 and represented the company the same year in its acquisition of Visual Properties LLC, the predecessor of Apartments.com. Burke joined the organization in October 1998 as chief legal officer. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella P.C. and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Burke received a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
A product of immigration, Burke believes that immigration affords individuals and businesses the opportunity to maximize their potential while strengthening society.