RelateIQ Snags Ex-Twitter VP Of Search

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Ruslan Belkin, the former vice president of search and content engineering at Twitter — who left the company in April  and became an advisor —  will take a job at relationship management software developer, RelateIQ.

Belkin, who will officially join the team as Vice President of Engineering on August 4, previously worked as Twitter’s Senior Director of Engineering, Search and Relevance. Belkin has been serving as a member of RelateIQ’s board of advisors for a couple of months, as well.

Before Twitter, Belkin was a top engineer at LinkedIn, in charge of content and community products including: LinkedIn Today, LinkedIn Signal, LinkedIn homepage, inbox, email platforms, groups and insights products.

The relationship management software developer raised $40 million in a late stage financing earlier this year. Investors in the round included top flight investors including: Redpoint Ventures, KPCB, Felicis Ventures, and News Corp. A story in the WSJ placed the company’s valuation at $245 million following the round.

RelateIQ uses large-scale data-mining technologies to automate relationship tracking in the enterprise and CRM world. The company’s software eliminates the manual data entry required to get more insight into professional relationships.

The connection to search stems from the company’s use of algorithms to better understand actions in the workplace, capturing data from email, voice, social networks and calendars, and using natural language processing to analyze those communications.

Article has been updated to reflect the timing of Belkin’s departure from Twitter.

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