Breakthrough Labs by General Atlantic

A podcast that explores the power of entrepreneurship as a force for good and highlights innovative technologies that have the potential to solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Join global growth equity investor General Atlantic and learn from our network of entrepreneurs whose breakthrough technologies are transforming their respective industries.

The first season of the podcast will publish biweekly on Wednesdays.

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  • Season 2, Episode 6
  • May 29, 2024

Empowering Everyday Americans to Unlock Their Financial PotentialGeneral Atlantic’s Head of Financial Services Paul Stamas speaks with Chris Britt, Founder and CEO of Chime, about building a consumer fintech from the ground up, creating a devoted community of millions of users that rely on its fee-free model and developing a product that seeks to work for everyday Americans.

  • Season 2, Episode 5
  • May 15, 2024

Accelerating Sustainability Goals with Actionable IntelligenceBeyondNetZero Managing Director Rhea Hamilton speaks with Frédéric Trinel, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of EcoVadis, about building what has become a leading sustainability rating system from the ground up. Frédéric reflects on scaling the company globally to meet clients where they are and supporting clients’ climate goals by providing enterprises with impactful intelligence to improve their sustainability standing.

  • Season 2, Episode 4
  • November 29, 2023

Laying the Foundation for Connectivity in Global Emerging MarketsGabriel Caillaux, General Atlantic’s Head of EMEA and Global Head of Climate, speaks with Vittorio Colao, Vice Chairman of EMEA and former Vodafone CEO, about his rise to leadership within telecommunications and how his corporate and government experiences inform the strategic counsel he provides to GA’s investment teams and portfolio companies to drive value in our investments.

  • Season 2, Episode 3
  • October 11, 2023

Driving Financial Inclusion Through Digital PaymentsGeneral Atlantic Managing Director and Head of Mexico Office, Luis Cervantes, speaks with Adolfo Babatz, Founder and CEO of Clip, about finding his true calling as an entrepreneur, the role of mentors in his personal and professional growth, and how Clip aims to address systemic problems related to financial inclusion in Mexico.

  • Season 2 Episode 2
  • September 20, 2023

Putting the Pieces in Play for the Rise of ChessGeneral Atlantic’s Head of Consumer Internet and Technology, Tanzeen Syed, speaks with Erik Allebest, Co-Founder and CEO of, about how a personal passion from a young age developed his mission-driven journey to build one of the world’s largest platforms for playing, learning and watching chess, which now has over 100 million members.

  • Season 2 Episode 1
  • September 6, 2023

Building a Community-Driven BrandGeneral Atlantic’s Head of Consumer for EMEA Melis Kahya Akar speaks with Ben Francis, Founder and CEO of Gymshark, about how at a young age he combined his passion for fitness and coding experience into a global, direct-to-consumer, community-based fitness apparel brand.

  • Season 1 Episode 8
  • November 9, 2022

Creating Frictionless Experiences Powered by YouGA’s Anton Levy and CLEAR’s Caryn Seidman-Becker

General Atlantic Co-President, Managing Director and Chairman of the Global Technology Group Anton Levy speaks with CLEAR Chairman and CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker about her indefatigable drive to make identity authentication frictionless, expanding CLEAR’s platforms to bring efficiency to life beyond air travel, the power of partnership and how great management teams are able to look around corners.

  • Season 1 Episode 7
  • October 26, 2022

Powering Homes with Off-Grid Solar SolutionsGA’s Eli Aheto and Sun King’s Patrick Walsh & Anish Thakkar

BeyondNetZero Managing Director Eli Aheto speaks with Sun King Co-Founders Patrick Walsh and Anish Thakkar about their shared passion for improving access to electricity for the millions of homes off the electrical grid, how they mobilized thousands of field agents to help spread their products across 40 countries, and the importance of creating affordable clean energy solutions for the developing world.

  • Season 1 Episode 6
  • October 12, 2022

Pioneering A New Generation of Medicines to Transform LivesGA’s Brett Zbar and Immunocore’s Bahija Jallal

General Atlantic Managing Director and Global Head of Life Sciences Brett Zbar speaks with Immunocore CEO Bahija Jallal about her passion for science, the importance of strong leadership as a female CEO and the ways in which diversity in STEM can help unlock the innovation needed to develop transformative medicines that address unmet needs.

  • Season 1 Episode 5
  • September 28, 2022

Redefining IT for The Modern WorkplaceGA’s Alex Crisses and JumpCloud’s Raj Bhargava

General Atlantic Managing Director, Global Head of New Investment Sourcing and Co-Head of Emerging Growth Alex Crisses speaks with JumpCloud co-founder and CEO Raj Bhargava about the value of strong relationships with investors and JumpCloud’s universal, cloud-based IT remote to make work easier and more secure.

  • Season 1 Episode 4
  • September 14, 2022

Creating a New Model for HealthcareGA’s Robb Vorhoff and Oak Street Health’s Mike Pykosz

General Atlantic Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare Robb Vorhoff speaks with Mike Pykosz, CEO and Co-Founder of Oak Street Health, about the shortcomings of the traditional fee-for-service model in healthcare and his vision for improving outcomes and lowering costs for Americans through value-based care.

  • Season 1 Episode 3
  • August 31, 2022

Paving New Pathways for Financial Success [Portuguese]GA’s Martín Escobari and XP Inc.’s Guilherme Benchimol

General Atlantic Co-President, Managing Director, and Head of Latin America Martín Escobari speaks with XP Investimentos Founder and Executive Chairman Guilherme Benchimol about helping more Brazilians achieve financial success through education, technology, and entrepreneurial enthusiasm.

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  • Season 1 Episode 2
  • August 17, 2022

Empowering Employees to Solve Big ProblemsGA’s Anish Batlaw with EngageSmart’s Bob Bennett

General Atlantic’s Anish Batlaw, Managing Director and leader of Human Capital strategies to support the firm’s portfolio, speaks with EngageSmart Founder & CEO Bob Bennett about his unique approach to leadership and empowering employees.

  • Season 1 Episode 1
  • August 4, 2022

Rewriting the Mission for Space ExplorationGA’s Bill Ford with Sierra Space’s Tom Vice

In the first episode of Breakthrough Labs, General Atlantic CEO Bill Ford speaks with Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice about building a platform in space that has the potential to unlock groundbreaking new discoveries to benefit life on Earth.