Another Facebook Home Staffer Flies The Coop; Android Head Of Product Bubba Murarka Joins DFJ As General Partner

Posted: May 9, 2013 in Facebook, Technology

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After losing mobile product head and Facebook Home
team member Charles Jolley to Battery Ventures,
Facebook is facing another departure from a previous
Home staffer. Draper Fisher Jurvetson announced
today that Facebook’s head of product for Android,
Bubba Murarka, has joined the firm as General Partner and Managing Director. Murarka has been with Facebook since 2008, and has
held positions as business development lead, and
was most recently head of product for Facebook for
Android where he started the Facebook Home project. Murarka helped scale Facebook’s Android product
team to more than 50 members and pivot the mobile
development strategy toward native applications.
During his tenure, Murarka oversaw business strategy
for search, photos, places and helped negotiate a
number of strategic deals with key Facebook partners including Microsoft, Netflix and Yahoo. Prior to Facebook, Murarka spent seven years in
technical and product roles at Microsoft. While there,
he acted as group program manager for Bing’s Bay
Area development team. He originally started his
career at Microsoft in Seattle as part of the original
threedegrees team, which developed an early messaging app. At DFJ, Murarka will identify new investment
opportunities in the early-stage consumer and mobile
space. He will also advise current companies on
strategic partnerships, growth, product vision, and
strategy. For Murarka, the DFJ role makes sense as
he has been an angel investor and advisor to more than 10 companies in the consumer mobile and online
education sectors since 2008. This has been a big week for Facebook engineering
and product departures. AllThingsD reported
yesterday that engineering director Josh Wiseman
has departed the social network for an EIR role at
Social+Capital.

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