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Matrix Adds Hotwire’s Grosse and Yahoo’s Beriker as EIRs

Matrix Partners has added Hotwire co-founder and former TaskRabbit CEO Eric Grosse and former Yahoo advertising exec Jeff James Beriker as entrepreneurs in residence at the Silicon Valley venture firm.

After discount travel site Hotwire was acquired by Expedia, Grosse became president of Expedia Worldwide and, after that, headed TaskRabbit. He stepped down from the personal projects and services site when founder Leah Busque reclaimed the CEO title in June.

Beriker had been a VP of display advertising at Yahoo, coming there after its acquisition of Dapper in 2011. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Efficient Frontier and also was an exec at ValueClick, which bought Search123, a company Beriker co-founded.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

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