Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky has become a board partner in venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
As a board partner, Sinofsky will represent Andreessen Horowitz on the boards of portfolio companies “when the opportunities present themselves,” but will not be a full-time member of the firm, he wrote in his blog, Learning by Shipping.
“I’m especially excited to learn by spending more time with entrepreneurs and those creating new technologies and products. Andreessen Horowitz is a VC firm that believes deeply in helping entrepreneurs and helping change the product and business landscape,” Sinofsky wrote. “I’m relatively new to the VC world and have a lot of learning to do—and I am very excited to do that.
Sinofsky’s new role with Andreessen Horowitz was reported earlier by AllThingsD.
Sinofsky, whose leadership has been credited in part for the company’s well-received Windows 7 after the bug-prone launch of Windows Vista, had left Microsoft abruptly in November 2012, shortly after the launch of Windows 8. Neither he nor Microsoft gave exact reasons for the departure but there were indications that Sinofsky, who can be a polarizing and controversial figure, did not fit well into the more collaborative environment that CEO Steve Ballmer has said he wanted to foster.
Since he left the company, he has been named an executive in residence at Harvard Business School — a position that he says he will continue to hold.