Wiretap: Faces in new places

There’s been a whole lotta shakin’ going on around Silicon Valley in the past week. For those who keep track of such things, here’s a belated sip from the firehose:


• Bubba MurarkaBubba Murarka, Facebook’s head of product for Android and the guy who, I’m told, started the Facebook Home project, ditched the social network to become a general partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. You can’t blame a guy who, having joined Facebook in a biz dev role in 2008, probably made out fairly well in last year’s IPO for deciding to do something different. And Murarka’s CV gives the impression of somebody who’s always been a bit ambitious: He became a trustee of the California State University System while still an undergrad at Cal Poly SLO.

• Elsewhere in the venture capital world, Palo Alto’s Lux Capital announced it had wooed Bilal Zuberi from General Catalyst Partners. As a principal in General Catalyst’s Boston office, Zuberi specialized in early-stage cleantech and life sciences deals.

• The Thiel Fellowships – the controversial program launched by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel that encourages entrepreneurship by paying kids under 20 years old to drop out of school  – unveiled its latest list of lucky winners. They hail from half a dozen countries and include Valley boy Diwank Singh Tomer of Palo Alto.

Each gets $100,000 over two years.  Hell, I know people who dropped out of college for free!


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