Also leaving Battery are Matt Niehaus, a partner in Menlo Park who focuses on communication services and infrastructure technologies, and a senior associate in the Waltham office whose name I haven't yet learned. Niehaus had put a big chunk of Battery's cash into mobile operator Pocket Communications, an investment which didn't pan out.
In March, Satya Patel left his full-time job at Battery's Menlo Park office to join Twitter as its director of product management. (Patel is now a "venture partner" at Battery.) And in February, Ramneek Gupta left Battery's west coast office, where he'd been a partner focusing on digital media and financial services, to join Citi Ventures.
I had been hoping that Tom Crotty, the top dog at Battery, might shed some light on the significance of all this: is the firm deliberately trimming its partner ranks... changing its sector focus... looking to do different types of deals?
Crotty sent me an e-mail confirming that one general partner and one senior associate in Waltham "will be transitioning out of Battery over the next months," along with one partner in Menlo Park. But "that is all we'll be able to comment on," he wrote.
Battery raised a new $750 million fund last year.
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