Major VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers has brought on Square product lead Megan Quinn as a partner today, just a week after partner Ellen Pao sued the company for gender discrimination.
Quinn has spent the last year with Square, the mobile payments company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. There, she headed up Square’s product team, which has recently released a number of new payments-oriented apps (we’ve spoken with her a few times) to go along with its iOS-and-Android focused credit card reader. Prior to her time at Square, Quinn spent seven years at Google leading the Google Maps team.
She will join Kleiner Perkin’s digital group as a partner after taking a short break between Square and the firm. Quinn is the firm’s thirteenth female partner and will focus on early stage consumer Internet companies for Kleiner’s KPCB 15 $525 million fund.
The timing of Quinn’s hire is intriguing as Pao recently made her lawsuit against the firm public, naming a number of Kleiner Perkins’ managing partners, including John Doerr, in the suit. Doerr released a statement yesterday saying that Pao’s allegations of sexual harassment were unfounded. In her complaint, Pao alleged that one of the firm’s male partners asked her to have a sexual relationship with him. After complaining to the partners, Pao says she was retaliated against and denied performance reviews.
The firm is otherwise known for bringing women into an otherwise male-dominated industry and the process of hiring Quinn almost certainly is not connected to the lawsuit.
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