Starting a new chapter

Jessica Verrilli
Jun 3, 2015 · 3 min read

After more than six amazing years at Twitter the time has come for me to spread my wings and leave the nest. I’ll be transitioning out in the coming weeks and starting my next chapter with Google Ventures as a Partner on the investment team.

I’ve had an incredible experience at Twitter. I’ve seen the company grow from its infancy, 34 people in a small office with a big vision and little structure, to a global organization with one hundred times the headcount and a footprint all over the world. I even opened our office in London with a coworker and put the Twitter flag down in Europe four years ago. Along the way, my colleagues have become like family. Many of the most important relationships in my life exist because of Twitter. I love the product and use it every single day — it’s the pulse of the planet and there’s nothing quite like it.

Most of my time here has been focused on Corporate Development & Strategy where I’ve been lucky to collaborate with amazing colleagues across the company. I’ve had the chance to work on 25 acquisitions and help drive efforts to build a mobile platform through Crashlytics and MoPub as well as broaden the footprint of our product and business through Periscope, Vine, Gnip, Cover, TweetDeck and many others.

The heart of this job isn’t about term sheets or negotiations or doing deals (although there’s plenty of that!). The real joy of this work is the opportunity to sit with founders, listen to what they want to create in the world and find opportunities to realize this vision with Twitter, in ways that are faster and bolder together. We sketch product roadmaps on the whiteboard. We discuss the team and plan headcount growth. We debate positioning and draft messaging. We talk about office space and company culture. And we work as a team — people from all across the company in different functions come together to make this work happen. Thanks to the execution of these extraordinary teams and colleagues, many of these whiteboard brainstorms have come to life. They’ve turned into product launches, scaled teams, new offices, and more. Working at this nexus of the company has exposed me to all sorts of lessons–what works, what fails–and I’m grateful to the many people at Twitter who have been teachers, partners, and great friends along the way.

While there is much that I will miss at Twitter, I am also thrilled for what comes next. Living the roller coaster ride of a start-up and working with dozens of founders as they’ve joined us has inspired me to continue partnering with entrepreneurs and breakout companies. But, in this next chapter I’ll be an investor instead of an acquirer.

I’m especially excited to have found a great fit at Google Ventures. They invest in bold entrepreneurs building meaningful, transformative companies across a wide variety of sectors. I’ve loved getting to know the team. Their entrepreneurial energy reminds me of the electric atmosphere of a start-up . I’m looking forward to adding my experience from Twitter to this mix and learning from the diverse expertise of the team.

I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I’ve had at Twitter. Thank you to the many people that make this place so special! I’ll be starting with Google Ventures in July but you can always find me, of course, on Twitter.

Note: I teamed up with a group of operators earlier this year called #Angels to more actively invest and advise start-ups. I’ll still be involved with this effort but will evolve my role to focus on more community aspects of our endeavor as I step back from personal angel investing.

    Jessica Verrilli

    Written by

    General Partner at GV. Founding partner of #ANGELS. Former VP of Corp Dev & Strategy at @Twitter.