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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik