VMware vet Jerry Chen signs on for Greylock Partners’ enterprise push
Jerry Chen is the latest of several VMware alums to bring their enterprise software expertise to VC firms.
Another member of the VMware diaspora has found a home. Jerry Chen, former VP of cloud and application services for VMware, is joining Greylock Partners as managing director where he will concentrate on cloud and application infrastructure and new enterprise applications.
He’s the latest of a raft of VMware alums that have found homes in the venture community. Last month, Javier Soltero and Kevin Henrikson joined Redpoint Ventures as entrepreneurs in residence. Soltero subsequently launched a cloud infrastructure startup called Acompli. Going further back, VMware CTO Steve Herrod left that post to join General Catalyst as a managing director.
There are a couple of things going on here. First, if you want to fund startups in enterprise software or infrastructure, you would do well to tap the VMware gene pool. In addition, VMware’s focus on its public/hybrid cloud effort and offloading of Cloud Foundry, GemFire, SpringSource and other products to Pivotal, meant that many executives on those efforts were looking for new homes.
At VMware, Chen ran the product management and marketing teams for VMware’s application infrastructure products, including vFabric and the Spring Java framework, as well as its big-data projects, according to a Greylock blog post introducing him.
Greylock’s enterprise plays include Pure Storage, Workday, Cloudera and ServiceNow.
By Barb Darrow