Eric Feng, former Kleiner Perkins partner and Hulu CTO, is joining social magazine app Flipboard’s executive team as CTO, running engineering and strategy.
Most recently, Feng was at Airtime, after the company acquired his former startup Erly, the Kleiner Perkins-backed app aimed at letting people create social experiences around their experiences.
Prior to founding Erly, Feng was a partner at Kleiner Perkins investing in greentech and was also a tech advisor to former Vice President Al Gore. And he was previously the founding CTO of Hulu.
Another Erly team member Hulu engineering team member, Eugene Wei, is also joining Flipboard, according to founder Mike McCue in this Fox Business video.
Feng explains to me that Flipboard actually parallels with Hulu in a lot of ways for him and Wei “because both are great media properties that start with consumers first.” “The thing that’s so exciting about Flipboard is that they have created a product that integrates well with the publishing ecosystem, with advertisers, with consumers and content owners. This company is about building great products and a business,” he says
As for what Feng will be working on; he says he will continue to push Flipboard’s innovations on mobile and create a more immersive experience around media consumption. But he’s also excited about developing the media consumption experience on the web and sees tremendous opportunity in this area as well.
There’s no doubt that Feng is a big talent win for Flipboard, which is also backed by Kleiner Perkins. Flipboard has been growing fast, and is adding one new user every second now. As of last August, Flipboard had 20 million users, but that number is likely much higher.