Liz Gannes

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GrandCentral's Craig Walker Raises $3M for Firespotter Labs

GrandCentral (aka Google Voice) co-founder Craig Walker has emerged from being an entrepreneur in residence at Google Ventures to start working on a specific project. Well, make that projects, plural: Walker is today launching a company called Firespotter Labs that will develop various companies, three of them at the start.

Walker wouldn’t specify what exactly he’s working on except to say it’s likely to be communications, consumer and mobile products.

Google Ventures, which is hosting Firespotter at its on-campus incubator, has already ponied up $3 million in Series A funding. Though Google Ventures is not the same thing as Google proper, it’s a bit of a coup for the company to hang onto one of its acquired entrepreneurs, rather than having him turn elsewhere for his next project.


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— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work