VC firm Accel Partner’s London office has snagged itself a brand new, very talented employee. Nir Blumberger, erstwhile Corporate Development executive at Facebook has joined Accel (via TechCrunch) as it’s Tel Aviv based venture partner. In his new role, Blumberger will provide the company with more comprehensive inputs, besides being the face of the company in the country.
The move is in line with the VC firm’s increased focus upon Israel. The company is looking to increase its presence in the country and as such, Nir who was actually born and raised in Israel itself, will be the perfect insider asset.
Speaking on Blumberger joining Accel, Philippe Botteri, Partner at the firm, said,
We are thrilled to have Nir join our team from Facebook. His world-class technology and business background from Israel and Silicon Valley make him a perfect fit for Accel.
Before joining Accel, Blumberger was involved with corporate development in Facebook where he handled M&A and strategy in various areas including virtual/augmented reality, messaging and video. Before that, he had worked as a Consultant with McKinsey & Company, again handling M&A, marketing, post-merger integration etc.
In fact, if you look at his career, strategy has occupied the key position in it. As per Blumberger’s LinkedIn page, while working at Mckinsey, he was also Prof. Yair Tauman’s teaching assistant in his “Strategic Thinking” MBA game theory course at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).
As far as educational qualification are concerned, Blumberger holds an MBA from Stanford University and before that, was a student of computer science at IDC in Israel. His records have been pretty illustrative too and he was one of the top percentile holders in both GMAT and Israel’s SAT equivalent, the Psychometric Test.
Meanwhile, hiring an employee of Blumberger’s stature and placing him squarely in the capital of Israel, definitely shows that Accel has some serious intentions for the country. Botteri hinted as much when he said that,
Israel is a vibrant hub for innovation, and Accel has long-held conviction in the great ideas and entrepreneurs that have emerged from the region. We are seeing exciting companies and technologies come out of Israel at an increasing pace, making it the perfect time for us to expand our presence.
The VC firm has flirted with investing in startups in the country and had recently led a $12 million Series B round in E8 Storage, a enterprise storage company founded in Tel Aviv.