Jeff Rothschild was VP of Infrastructure Engineering at Facebook from 2005 to 2010. Jeff joined Facebook shortly after the Accel investment and focused on scaling, availability, and performance of the site. Jeff was the first VP Engineering at Facebook and established a number of functional organizations within the company including User Operations, Site Integrity, Data Analytics, and Infrastructure Engineering, which has been his primary focus. Jeff continues to work at Facebook in an advisory role.
Jeff was the confounder of Veritas Software, which became the leading storage management software company with annual sales of over $1.5B. Jeff’s role at Veritas included engineering, product management, sales, and strategy. In 2004, Veritas was acquired by Symantec for $13.5B. Jeff also cofounded the online gaming company Mpath/Hearme, and has contributed to the development of Accel portfolio companies including Walmart.com and Rhapsody Networks.
Jeff started his career at Honeywell and Intel, where worked on the development of the Intel 3805 mainframe storage system. After leaving Intel, he developed a consultancy focused on network storage technologies, and worked with Locus Computing on the development of AT&T’s DOS-Merge and Sun’s PC-NFS redirector. In the mid-80’s Jeff spent three years living in the Netherlands consulting with Philips Data Systems.
This is my first role as a professional investor. For the past 12 years, I’ve been privileged to have been in the Valley and to have managed three of the best e-commerce businesses ever invented.
Most recently, I was president and CEO of OpenTable, the world’s leading online restaurant reservation site. I joined the company in 2007, we took it public in 2009 (into one of the absolute worst markets ever, trading under the symbol OPEN) and I continued to run it until 2011.
Prior to OpenTable, I was president of PayPal, the world’s leading online payments company. I championed eBay’s acquisition of PayPal in 2002 and managed the business from 2004 to 2006.
Before PayPal, I was SVP/general manager of eBay North America from 1999 and oversaw eBay.com (one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies), eBay Motors, Half.com and eBay.ca.
Before I found my home in the Valley, I had stints at Reel.com (probably one of the worst e-commerce businesses ever invented), The Walt Disney Company and The Boston Consulting Group.
I became an investor because I love supporting entrepreneurs in building great businesses. For the past decade, I have been actively working with early stage companies in my “spare time”. Some successful involvements include Tiny Prints (sold to Shutterfly), Pure Digital (sold to Cisco) and Hotwire (sold to Expedia). I currently serve on the boards of Airbnb, Circle, Fab.com, Lookout, OpenTable, Pinterest, Wealthfront and Zoosk.
Charles Huang co-founded RedOctane, the publisher of multi-billion dollar video game franchise Guitar Hero with his brother Kai.