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Congratulations to Chamath and to Facebook July 10, 2007

Posted by jeremyliew in facebook, VC, Venture Capital.

As the WSJ announced today, Chamath Palihapitiya is leaving Mayfield to join Facebook as VP of Product Marketing and Operations.

Lucky Facebook.

I used to work with Chamath at AOL; he was GM of AIM and ICQ while I was GM of Netscape. Chamath is brilliant; visionary, thoughtful, charismatic, charming and very, very smart. At AOL he was a tireless advocate for the user experience. It is no accident that at the age of 30 he has achieved so much.

While some who do not know him might question the hire, I have no doubt in my mind why Facebook would want Chamath on their team. He will add a great deal to the company, and Mark pursued him for some time.

On a selfish note, I am also somewhat glad that Chamath is out of the Venture Capital business. I think that had he stayed, he would have been one of the best investors of this generation. Entrepreneurs that I have met hold him in high regard.

Congratulations to Chamath and to Facebook.


1. Mathew Ingram - July 10, 2007

I wasn’t really questioning the hire — just having a bit of fun with the AOL connection 🙂 Chamath seems more than qualified.

2. Do blog comments still matter? » mathewingram.com/work - July 10, 2007

[…] in which Jeremy described me as “questioning the hire.” Not a big deal, but I posted a comment saying I was just having some fun with the AOL connection, not questioning his abilities. Not […]

3. Edward - July 16, 2007

I fully agree with your insightful perspective, actually there is a similar thread at Frontier Blog
( http://www.hwswworld.com/wp )

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