Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners has added former Google, Arista, and Ericsson engineer Kyle Anderson to its enterprise investing team.
At Google, Anderson worked on low-level distributed block storage technology. At Arista, he was involved in distributed event logging for switches in data centers. At Ericsson, he focused on the IP multimedia subsystem (Google it).
And Anderson now has not one, or even two, but four degrees from Stanford University.
He’ll be working with Greylock investors like Joseph Ansanelli, who has backed Talko and Trifacta, as well as Jerry Chen, a VMware veteran who invested in Docker. Recently, another VMware vet, Howie Xu, also joined Greylock as an executive in residence.
“[Anderson] truly is one of the first cloud-native investors, in my opinion,” Chen said in an interview with VentureBeat.
In recent years, Greylock — which started in 1965 — has made investments in some of the top consumer startups, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Meerkat, and Nextdoor. That said, some of Greylock’s enterprise-focused portfolio companies have had prominent exits, including Data Domain, Palo Alto Networks, Red Hat, Success Factors, and Workday. Pure Storage is set to go public next week, and Cloudera should also be a substantial exit. Anderson has been tasked with helping Greylock find the next companies that will play key roles in the transformation of enterprise technology.
Anderson is interested in a whole bunch of areas.
“Cloud infrastructure, big data, devops, and security are going to be the primary focus for me,” he said.
And since Greylock is a known backer of Docker, the containerization trend is important to him, as it makes ripples in all aspects of IT.
“We believe strongly here at Greylock that containerization … and Docker, for example, requires us to rethink not just how we manage compute but how we manage connectivity between applications,” Anderson explained.
Generally speaking, though, he wants to take what he knows is on the forefront of computing and figure out what companies are missing.
But has he found any specific company for Greylock to back yet? No. He’s just three weeks in. “I’m working on a bunch of projects,” he said.
A Medium post from Greylock has more on the news.