After 19 months of working with our founder, Michael Arrington, on setting up CrunchFund, MG Siegler has moved on to a similar role at a firm that continues to make waves in the venture world, Google Ventures.
In a post on his own blog today, Siegler discussed the move, saying that he had been speaking with its team and managing partner, Bill Maris, for a few months now. He called the move a “perfect fit.”
Citing Google Ventures’ vast resources and strategy to bring in the needed resources for portfolio companies, such as design talent, PR and social comms, Siegler said “These are the highest caliber people in their respective fields all working under one roof to help the portfolio.”
As he did with CrunchFund, Siegler will be working on mostly seed and early-stage investments, working alongside general partners Wesley Chan and Kevin Rose. He thanked both Michael Arrington and Patrick Gallagher for the opportunity to launch CrunchFund, and there’s no word on who will fill his shoes at the firm.
The move isn’t without a bit of humor, as it’s well-known that Siegler prefers Apple products to any other on the planet:
Here’s what Google Ventures Managing Partner, Bill Maris, had to say about bringing Siegler into the fold:
Over the years, MG has tracked the development of hundreds of startups, first through his work as a journalist with TechCrunch, and later as a general partner at CrunchFund, where he has helped build a portfolio which includes Airbnb, Betable, Crowdtilt, Ifttt, Karma, Mailbox, Path, Square, Uber, Vine, and Yammer. MG will continue to contribute to TechCrunch, and we’re thrilled to add his unique perspective to Google Ventures, and our portfolio.
It looks like Google Ventures is building out a dream team of partners to attract the startups with the most potential, no matter what stage they’re in. Siegler has always had the knack of keeping his finger on the pulse on the hottest trends in tech, so bringing that to Google Ventures is a huge score for them.
“He’ll be continuing at TechCrunch in his role as a columnist covering his… usual topics… and has personally reassured me that Google will have no input over what he writes,” says TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon.
[Disclosure: I found out about this the same way that everyone else did, and have no further insight from CrunchFund or Siegler whatsoever.]