Managing Director, General Catalyst
Paul Kwan started his career on Wall Street as the Internet we know today was taking shape. Just a few years later, he had the opportunity to join Morgan Stanley’s Menlo Park office and thrived there for 22 years, including six years running the bank’s global internet and software business and six years leading the West Coast team. That continuity became a great asset, because it took time to learn the craft of advising companies on their most important strategic and financial objectives. That continuity also allowed him to see firsthand what world-class tech companies do to create enduring value whether it was strategic, financial, operational or cultural.
Some prior career achievements he builds on include helping Spotify create the modern day direct listing and inventing with General Catalyst the first Stakeholder Aligned Initial Listing (SAIL) vehicle. The SAIL is a SPAC structure that aims to align with all stakeholders.
On the personal side, he and his wife are passionate supporters of healthcare research, particularly for understanding and treating neuropsychiatric disease using brain organoids. He also serves on the board of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.