Andrew McLaughlin, a Tumblr VP and Google’s former head of public policy, is joining Betaworks, the company/incubator/investor behind bit.ly, news.me, and Chartbeat (and recent Digg acquirer). According to a blog post on McLaughlin’s personal site, he will be an entrepreneur-in-residence for Betaworks.
Most recently, McLaughlin was an executive vice president at Tumblr, where he focused on expanding the blogging platform’s growth, internationalization, and monetization efforts. He joined Tumblr in December 2011.
McLaughlin, who was the first member of Google’s policy team in 2005, also was the Deputy CTO for the Obama Administration and served on the transition team in 2008. Before his time at Google, McLaughlin launched the nonprofit group Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, where he served as vice president, chief policy officer, and chief financial officer. Previously, McLaughlin was a senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet.