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Mozilla chief engineer leaves to join venture capital fund

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Fri Aug 10 2012, 13:22
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VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM Greylock Partners has nabbed Mozilla's principal engineer Mike Hanson.

Hanson's impressive history has seen him work at Apple and Cisco before joining Mozilla, however he has decided to get into the world of venture capital funding by joining one of the most well known funds. John Lilly, a partner at Greylock Partners announced that Hanson has joined the firm with the title of entrepreneur in residence.

Greylock has invested in a number of big name firms such as Facebook, Groupon, Linkedin and Red Hat. Lilly did not say what exactly Hanson's day-to-day duties will be but used a buzzword infested sentence to describe why Greylock hired him.

Lilly said, "Mike is an especially perfect person to think through these opportunities because he's a 'full stack' thinker, from deep server-side technologies all the way through to engaging and durable and useful user experiences." With talk like that, one ceases to wonder why so many pointless internet services get venture capital funding.

Mozilla on the other hand might have trouble quickly finding someone with an equally impressive work history to replace Hanson. With the outfit moving towards producing a mobile phone operating system and facing an uphill battle against both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome web browser, it can't take too long. µ

 

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