Apr 2, 2021 - Economy

Blake Byers leaves Google Ventures

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Blake Byers has stepped down as a general partner with Google Ventures, after an 9-year run during which he invested primarily in biotech companies like Denali, Grail and Neuralink. He also led the earliest outside investment in Robinhood.

Why it matters: Byers was one of the earliest investors at GV, which has become one of the Silicon Valley's most active venture capital firms.

  • It appears that Byers plans to launch his own firm called Byers Capital, based on a LinkedIn profile update. Word is that it will be split around 50/50 between biotech and regular tech, leading Series A and B rounds with the occassional growth equity deal.
  • GV tells Axios that some of his board seats will be transitioned to other investors at the firm.
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