Greylock is announcing a new EIR today — former Director of the Facebook Developer Network and Googler Ethan Beard.
Beard previously oversaw worldwide developer relations, operations and product marketing for the Facebook API. As Greylock partner and early Facebook investor David Sze explains, Beard was instrumental to the building and growth of the Facebook platform. Additionally, Beard also served as Facebook’s Director of Business Development during his time at the company. He joined the social network from Google, where he served as Director of Social Media and Director of New Business Development.
Prior to Google, Beard spent several years as Director of Business Development for MTV Online.
As an entrepreneur in residence, Beard is looking to start a company and take some time to evaluate potential opportunities. He recently took a year-long sabbatical, and the EIR role was the easiest way to “jump back in and get into the flow,” he explains to us. As for Greylock, he says the firm has “some of the smartest and nicest people in the industry. They’re not just investors, but partners to entrepreneurs.”
Beard is keeping an open mind as to what industry he’ll be tackling and feels that it’s a great time to start a company, with mobile penetration scaling rapidly. “The ability for a company to grow globally has never been better,” he explains. Stay tuned.
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