Google Ventures is bringing in an experienced veteran to help with its portfolio. Today, former COO at Symantec, Stephen Gillett, announced that he’s joining Google Ventures as an Executive in Residence.
In a Medium post (the norm for big personal announcements around these parts), Gillett explained his interest in GV and his desire to help entrepreneurs:
Google Ventures supports a tremendous stable of startups, and truly exceptional talent. I hope to become a resource and mentor for the fund’s portfolio companies. I’m also looking forward to being a student again, and learning from entrepreneurs who push the edges of technology and product.
In addition to spending four years as the COO and board member of Symantec (and four years as CIO of Starbucks), Gillett currently serves on the board of Chipotle.
While it’s not the usual EIR that we hear about, “entrepreneur in residence,” Gillett’s vast experience will surely help younger companies navigate their way to both dealing with larger companies and becoming one.