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Battery Ventures hires Netflix executive

Adrian Cockcroft
Adrian Cockcroft

Boston’s Battery Ventures has added a technology heavyweight from Netflix Inc.

The venture capital firm has brought on Adrian Cockcroft, formerly the cloud architect for the video streaming service, to serve as a “technology fellow.” In that role, Cockcroft will advise Battery’s roster of startups—as well as the firm’s partners—on the latest technology innovations, especially around cloud computing.

And he certainly knows his stuff. Cockcroft led Netflix’s transition to an all-cloud computing infrastructure, and has become known for evangelizing the benefits of such a transition to the broader tech industry. With Battery, he’ll continue speaking with big businesses and other groups about moving to the cloud.

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He’ll also help Battery invest its two most recent funds, which together total a whopping $900 million. “My job is to help spend that wisely and get the best return. That also means even more conference presentations, more international coverage, and a broader range of subjects to discuss,” Cockcroft wrote on his blog announcing his new position.

Cockcroft will be based out of Battery’s Silicon Valley office, but he won’t be a stranger in the firm’s Boston office. Battery recently moved into a new office in the Innovation District, following a growing number of tech firms and investors moving to the city from the suburbs.

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