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Facebook’s Android Vet Jumps to DFJ as New General Partner

bubbaMurarkaFacebookBubba Murarka, Facebook long-timer and one of the minds behind Facebook’s massive push into Android, will soon leave the company to join Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley VC firm.

He’ll be made general partner and managing director at his new gig at DFJ, where he’ll spot new companies for investment potential and advise the firm’s existing portfolio companies.

“Bubba has deep experience with building teams and delivering a product vision, which is important perspective for emerging tech companies,” Andreas Stavropoulos, DFJ managing director, said in a statement. “He has expertise in scaling teams, working through complex partnership negotiations and designing creative experiences.”

Murarka has been with Facebook since 2008, when he joined the company in a more biz-dev-focused role, where he worked on M&A teams and made deals with companies like Microsoft, Netflix and Yahoo.

Later in his time at Facebook, he switched over to product management, where he scaled the Android team up to 50-plus members and helped make the switch from HTML5-based apps over to native Android code. (Basically, it’s the reason your Facebook app is a whole lot faster today.)

Before his time at Facebook, Murarka spent the better part of a decade at Microsoft in a number of different product and tech positions.

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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