The host of General Catalyst Partners’ consumer entrepreneur dinner on Monday, managing director Adam Valkin, tells me it was actually the fifth or sixth local dinner for entrepreneurs held by the Cambridge venture capital firm in the past year.
The idea behind the “low key” dinner—which took place at the Via Matta in the Back Bay—was “on bringing really talented people together and hoping something good comes out of it, with GC involved or not,” Valkin said.
As you can see in the photo above (or perhaps saw in BostInno’s tech beat yesterday), a number of recognizable faces from Boston’s tech scene were at the dinner, including Care.com’s Sheila Marcelo, Kayak co-founder Paul English, former Zipcar chief exec Scott Griffith, BzzAgent founder Dave Balter, GC managing director Joel Cutler, and Valkin.
Also present were Amino’s Ben Anderson, PillPack’s Elliot Cohen, Peter Blacklow of Boston Seed Capital, Janet Holian of Gemvara, “The Accidental Billionaires” author Ben Mezrich, and early Facebook employee Kevin Colleran, now of GC.
“It was a good mix of very successful entrepreneurs, emerging entrepreneurs, rising stars within companies,” he said.
The dinner’s theme was consumer Internet and consumer technology, and each previous event has had its own theme, Valkin said. “We’ll do many more,” he said.