TechCrunch columnist and Apple aficionado, MG Sielger has announced that he will be joining Google Venture.
It was almost exactly 19 months ago that I laid down the proverbial writer’s pen and picked up the less proverbial pen for writing checks. It has been an amazing experience getting a fund up and running, learning, and ultimately, making a lot of wonderful investments. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to dive deeper by joining Google Ventures as a general partner.
To say this news is a surprise is putting it mildly. MG Sielger has been one of Apple’s biggest advocate, along with his associate/friend John Gruber. The news even took Gruber by surprise.
Gruber’s reaction to the news was: “Whoa. Did not see this one coming.”
However, MG Siegler was quick to point out that his main mobile device will still be an iPhone. “Yes, they’re letting an Apple fanatic into the building — wild, I know. But as I said, I left the reporting path long ago. I’m on a new path now. Don’t worry, I’m bringing my iPhone with me,” MG Sielger said in his blog post.
Google has also confirmed the news in a blog post.
According to a statement by Bill Maris – Managing Partner:
I’m pleased to announce that MG Siegler is joining Google Ventures as a general partner, focusing on seed and early-stage investments.
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.
Welcome to the team, MG!
Talk about going over to the dark side!