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Portfolio April 28, 2015

Behind The Scenes Of The TellApart-Twitter Story

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I’m writing this late at night. I’ve just gotten off a Board call where we’ve agreed to accept Twitter’s proposal to acquire TellApart.

On Tuesday, we’ll have a meeting at the TellApart offices where this is announced to the team, and Twitter will share this news publicly.

I’m reflecting back to the start of this journey. It was more than 6 years ago that I first met Josh McFarland. I was still new to venture capital, and Josh was a standout emerging product leader at Google. We met through a mutual friend, Gokul Rajaram (formerly at Google, now at Square). Josh and I hit it off.

Jeff Weiner, now the CEO of LinkedIn and back at that time an Executive in Residence at Greylock, joined me for one of my first conversations with Josh. I can remember Josh writing ideas down meticulously in his compact Field Notes book, and engaging us insightfully and confidently across a range of topics. Jeff cracked a big smile at me right after we’d walked out of the meeting and said, “That guy is a freakish talent.”

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