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Hemant Taneja
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🏫 EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BA, BS, MA, MS)
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)Jessica Taneja
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Hemant Taneja is an Indian-born American venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author. He is a managing partner at the venture capital firm General Catalyst and a board member of the trade association Advanced Energy Economy. He is also the author of two books.

Early life and education[edit]

Hemant Taneja was born in India and moved to Boston, Massachusetts with his family while Taneja was in high school. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, initially intending to pursue a career in education.[1][2]

Taneja ultimately graduated with three undergraduate and two graduate degrees: two from the Institute in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (BS and M.Eng), as well as Operations Research (MS), Mathematics (BS), and Biology (BS).[3][1]

Taneja lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.[3]


In 1999, Taneja founded Isovia Inc., a mobile software company. Isovia was acquired by JP Mobile Inc. in 2001, after which Taneja assumed the role of senior vice president of field operations for the acquiring company.[4]

General Catalyst[edit]

Taneja joined General Catalyst, a venture capital firm in 2002.[4] In 2012, he helped open the firm's Silicon Valley office in Palo Alto, California.[5] General Catalyst's investments include Snap, Grammarly and Stripe, the last of which Taneja sits on the board of directors.[6][7]

Taneja has appeared on CB Insights' and The New York Times' list of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists, each year since 2016. He was also named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors in 2017 through 2020.[2][5]


In 2014, Taneja co-founded Livongo, a company that sells a digital tracking service of blood glucose records for people with diabetes. Taneja and General Catalyst also invested in the enterprise and joined the firm's board of directors.[8] The company went public in 2019.[9] It merged with Teladoc Health in August 2020.[7]

In 2019, Taneja and Jefferson Health CEO Stephen K. Klasko announced a currently unnamed software company for the healthcare industry.[10]

Taneja is also the chief executive officer of Health Assurance Acquisition Corp, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) focused on investing in early- and growth-stage healthcare businesses. The company, which has attracted hospitals and healthcare providers as limited partners, announced its $500 million IPO in 2020.[5][7]

In 2021, Taneja and Glen Tullman announced the launch of Transcarent, a startup focused on employer-sponsored healthcare.[5]


Taneja co-founded the New England Clean Energy Council in 2007 and became a member of the Council's executive committee. The Council, which resulted from the merger of the Clean Energy Council and the New England Energy Innovation Collaborative, was formed to support the development of clean energy companies in New England.[11]

In 2011, Taneja and asset manager Tom Steyer founded Advanced Energy Economy, a company which aims to promote alternative energy in the United States and provide a unified industry voice for alternative energy.[12]


Taneja's first book, Unscaled was published in 2018. Unscaled explores how start-up companies are changing the traditional way they expand through unscaling and artificial intelligence.[13] His second book, UnHealthcare, co-authored with Stephen K. Klasko, was published in 2020.[14]

Taneja is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review on the topics of venture capital, technology and healthcare.

Teaching and philanthropy[edit]

In 2009, Taneja co-founded Technology Underwriting Greater Good, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps tech entrepreneurs support nonprofits in the New England area that serve local, under-resourced youth.[15]

In 2014 Taneja, a member of the Board of Directors of the Khan Academy, helped Sal Khan found the Khan Lab School, an independent laboratory school in Mountain View, California.[3] Taneja was a founding trustee of the school and served on the Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2020.[16]

Along with his wife Jessica, Taneja started the Taneja Family Foundation in 2014.[3] The Foundation has supported causes including New Story, which builds homes and communities in the developing world using 3D printing, CAF America Urban Housing Rights Initiative, and the Desai Foundation.[17] The Taneja Family Foundation also donated money towards MIT.nano, a nanoscience and nanotechnology laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3]

As of 2021, Taneja teaches a course at Stanford University called "Artificial Intelligence, Entrepreneurship and Society in the 21st Century," that explores how artificial intelligence has created new opportunities for entrepreneurs.[18] Taneja is also a member of the Board of Fellows at the Stanford University School of Medicine.[19]


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  13. Nash, David B. (Nov 2018). "Unscaling Population Health". American Health & Drug Benefits. 11 (8): 394–395. ISSN 1942-2962. PMC 6306098. PMID 30647826.
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  16. "Thank You to Retiring Founding Trustees & Announcing New Members". Board of Trustees Updates | Khan Lab School. July 23, 2020. Retrieved Jan 18, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  19. "Board of Fellows". School of Medicine. Retrieved Jan 18, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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