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Ex-Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky joins Andreessen Horowitz

23 Aug 2013

sinofskyFormer president of Microsoft Windows Steven Sinofsky has agreed to join venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as a board partner.

In his new role, Sinofsky will represent the firm on on the boards of portfolio companies. He said that he will not be involved with the firm on a full-time basis.

Sinofsky said in a blog post, “My own experience in product development has been focused on learning and changing from within an organization as part of teams—scaling teams, building the first professional GUI dev tools for Windows, marshaling the company around the ‘InterNet’, bringing together disparate apps to create Office, creating the first collaboration servers, and shifting to the tablet era.

“Each was decidedly a new effort working to change the rules of the product game while learning along the way. Bringing this relevant experience to new companies is something I’m excited to do.”

He will continue to serve as entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and “pursue other business and product development opportunities that arise.”

Earlier this month Andreessen Horowitz general partner John O’Farrell stepped down after three years with the firm.

Andreessen Horowitz closed its third fund on $1.5bn in January last year, bringing its total capital under management to about $2.7bn.

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