Hires and Fires

Hires and Fires

Union Square Ventures Hires Two New Bright Young Minds As Analysts

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Union Square Ventures just capped a nine-month search for fresh blood, announcing not one, but two new investment analysts this afternoon. New York City’s best known venture capital firm welcomed Alexander Pease and Brian Watson, bringing its total investment team up to nine staffers, including its newest partner Andy Weissman, who was poached from Betaworks back in October.

In an introductory post, Christina Cacioppo called the young men “extremely-qualified candidates,” which is why USV opted to hire both. Read More

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Planet Daily Nabs Itself A Managing Editor From The Washington Post

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Planet Daily, the video startup from Ken Lerer, is putting some of that $5 million in venture money to work with a big hire. Poytner reports that the would-be “CNN killer” has poached the Washington Post‘s executive director of digital news, Katharine Zaleski, to serve as managing editor.

From the email that went around the Post: 

After two and a half years inspiring and leading digital change here at The Post, Katharine Zaleski is returning to New York to take on a new role as managing editor of a startup media venture under the working name, “Planet Daily”. The idea is to build a 24-hour video channel for the mobile and social web. For Katharine, it’s a chance to get her old band back together: her key partners in the new project were her associates at The Huffington Post, Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau.

Are Mr. Lerer and Mr. Hippeau indeed getting the old band back together? We reached out to Lerer Ventures, but they had no comment.

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Seamless Founder Jason Finger Joins IAC as CEO of CityGrid Media

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This morning Seamless founder Jason Finger, legend of Silicon Alley, sent an email out to friends with subject line “Back in the saddle. . .” It seems the Silicon Valley Alley vet has taken up the reins at CityGrid Media and will join IAC’s local listings website network. “I’ve joined IAC as CEO of CityGrid Media,” Mr. Finger said in the email. “CityGrid is the largest content and ad network for ‘local’ and includes several owned and operated websites including and, as well as BuzzLabs.” Read More

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Slashdot Founder Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda Will Now Command WaPo Labs as Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large


Six month after leaving Slashdot, the “News for Nerds” site he founded in 1997, Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda finally announced his new venture: a position as chief strategist and editor-at-large at “WaPo Lab,” a digital team within the Washington Post Company that experiments with digital technologies related to the company’s news sites. In 2011, the Lab released both Washington Post Social Reader and Trove.

It’s harder to get someone more steeped in Internet culture than Mr. Malda, whose site started using +1 and karma points years before Google+ and Reddit were even a glint in anyone’s eye.  As Mr. Malda writes on his blog, he didn’t take the decision to work for “a startup inside an established corporation,” lightly, interviewing with more than 35 prospects before he settled on WaPo Labs, which he describes as: Read More

Hires and Fires Indeed Disbanded; Another Co-Founder Goes to Squarespace


This morning Betabeat learned that co-founder and former Googler Tim Zhou had joined Tumblr. It has also come to light that another Rolling cofounder and Xoogler, Thomas Chau, has joined another prominent New York startup: Squarespace. “We liked Thomas’s strong entrepreneurial spirit (take risks and run fast) along with his perfect Squarespace DNA of product design sensibility coupled with engineering awesomeness,” Squarespace SVP Jesse Hertzberg wrote in an email. Squarespace, if you’re not familiar, is a website builder and hosting platform (that is often likened to Tumblr, as it happens) founded in 2003. Now we just need to suss out what has become of the third Rolling co-founder, Xoogler Nhon Ma