It was almost exactly 19 months ago that I laid down the proverbial writer’s pen and picked up the less proverbial pen for writing checks. It has been an amazing experience getting a fund up and running, learning, and ultimately, making a lot of wonderful investments. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to dive deeper by joining Google Ventures as a general partner.
Just as I took my time in deciding to switch careers a year-and-a-half ago, I’ve been talking with the Google Ventures team for a few months now. After getting to know the partners and hearing the vision for the fund laid out by managing partner Bill Maris, it became clear that this would ultimately be a perfect fit.
Google Ventures sits in a truly unique space within the venture capital industry. They have the resources to make investments at any stage, but more importantly, they have the talent and knowledge required to do so. The partnership is brimming with experience when it comes to starting companies, building products, and scaling.
Google officially announced Keep yesterday through a blog post. Keep is Google’s note-taking app that was briefly revealed earlier this week. The Android app lets you store text, links, audio notes, images, and check lists and have it synchronized with Google Drive. You can make entries on the web or on the app. Google plans to roll out this ability directly on Drive as well. No official word yet on whether this will be available for iOS although just about all of Google’s mobile apps can be found on the App Store
Interestingly, Google had previously released a similar tool called Google Notebook for desktop browsers but it was shut down in July 2012.