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Early Facebooker Ali Rosenthal Joins Greylock Partners as EIR

Ali Rosenthal, a business development exec who joined Facebook way back in 2006 and helped found its mobile team, has joined Greylock Partners as an executive in residence. She starts next week.

Rosenthal will focus on mobile and social opportunities at Greylock, though it’s not yet decided whether she’ll ultimately develop one of her own ideas as a start-up, join a company, or get more involved in investing, she told AllThingsD.

Since leaving Facebook in January, Rosenthal has been advising start-ups and exploring her own investing projects, she said. Her angel investments include Small Demons, Katango (bought by Google), Copious and Pulse. She also joined the board of the public company AutoNation.

Greylock has recently been staffing up in the consumer Web space, though not all of its hires are doing the same thing, said partner David Sze. Adam Nash (formerly at LinkedIn) is an executive-in-residence like Rosenthal and DJ Patil (LinkedIn, Color) is “data scientist in residence,” while on the investing team Josh Elman (Twitter) is a principal and Sanjay Raman (Google, Howcast) is an associate.

Rosenthal is an accomplished athlete in cycling, running and lacrosse, having raced for the TIBCO professional cycling team while she was also working at Facebook.

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