Former Facebook VP Of Technical Operations Joins Venture Capital Firm

Former Facebook Vice President of Technical Operations Jonathan Heiliger, who left the social network at the end of last summer, resurfaced on the venture capital side of the radar.

Former Facebook Vice President of Technical Operations Jonathan Heiliger, who left the social network at the end of last summer, resurfaced on the venture capital side of the radar.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that Heiliger will join San Mateo, Calif.-based North Bridge Venture Partners, with an official announcement expected tomorrow.

Heiliger oversaw infrastructure at the social network for four years, as its membership skyrocketed from 35 million to more than 800 million. His reasons for leaving, as he told the Mercury News:

My job had gone from working with engineers on whiteboards to business processes. I really missed working with early-stage companies.

Prior to Facebook, Heiliger was the founder of Web-hosting company GlobalCenter at age 19, the newspaper reported, and he also worked with Marc Andreessen’s cloud computing company, Loudcloud, and with Walmart.

Heiliger, who set up the in-house venture arm at Global Crossing after that company acquired GlobalCenter, told the Mercury News he was attracted by the small size and culture at North Bridge, adding, “I’ve known a number of the partners here for years,” and expressing his belief that he can help the company to penetrate the consumer space.