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People join organisations, people leave organisations. But some leave and are then literally air-brushed out of history. Just take Trotsky. One minute you’re in the photo with Lenin. The next minute you’re not (and you’ve got an ice-pick in your head). So it is with companies.

But are the rumours true that Sonali De Rycker, partner at Atlas Venture (backers of Zoopla, Moo, Seatwave etc), has moved to new pastures? And could an indication of this be her removal via air-brush from the first picture on the front page of the Atlas site (see screen grab above, with the big gap on the right)?

And is further evidence the removal of her profile from the team page (google cache here)? And is she indeed about to move to Accel Partners, as the tattle-tailers tell me? Who’s to know?

Perhaps it is all an elaborate April Fools joke?

At any rate, whoever did the airbrushing needs to learn a tip or two from Soviet-era Russia. At least move poor Fred Destin closer to the other guys! He looks lonely out there.

Meanwhile, please join me in the nationwide search for Sonali. I’m putting out an immediate Red Alert on her whereabouts. And for those of you who have already forgotten what she looks like, here’s a picture of the person we’re looking for:



Damn! It’s not a April Fool.

Accel Partners contacts me to confirm hey have appointed Sonali De Rycker to their London office, joining as Partner. Hey ho – there’s always next year…

  • Scott

    Well, her Linkedin hasn’t changed

  • Fred Destin

    Fun post Mike thank you. This is all true !

  • I Am Not Posting To Spam My Blog

    They really need a new picture. It looks like the cooler kids are excluding the guy with the glasses. “Stand over there, four-eyes, you smell funny.”

    There’s another picture in the homepage slideshow with a man and woman on a sofa and the woman looks really upset for some reason. Maybe she’s the mother of the guy with glasses and she’s been told about the bullying.

  • 90's dotcommer

    She’s a bit of a fox…..she can leverage my buyout any time.

  • Callum

    Smart, young, friendly, successful, gorgeous, what’s not to hate :)
    Definite win for Accel, met her briefly a couple of times and been v impressed.

    As for Atlas, there are a couple of decent photo-manipulation startups around that they way wish to consider taking a look at! :)

  • Bob L'Eponge

    what a terrible photoshop job!

    mind you, a lot of the other images in that banner on the atlas site have big empty gaps. Maybe they’ve airbrushed people out of history before!

    Could play a ‘spot the VC’ compo

  • Richard Parks

    Wow! She will be missed. The only person that added more value at Atlas was Martin Gibson.

  • http://deleted Richard Parks

    arf arf

  • Good For You Sonali!

    Atlas keeps losing people left and right. Sonali has been dying to get out of that place. It was either going to be Accel or Balderton. Congratulations.

    Hey Fred, when are you going to make a move? You should move over to Index or something.

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