VMware CTO Herrod leaves to join VC firm

Steve Herrod leaves big shoes to fill at VMware as he takes on opportunity as managing director with venture capital firm

VMware CTO Steve Herrod announced he is leaving his post at VMware as CTO and senior vice president of research and development to join venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners in its Palo Alto office, where he will become a partner and managing director investing in and supporting early-stage enterprise companies.

Herrod, who has been named CTO of the Year by InfoWorld, played a pivotal role in the creation and development of virtualization technology. At VMware, he was instrumental in helping the company build a world-class engineering organization that has created numerous industry-changing virtualization technologies. He was also active in developing VMware's partner ecosystem, patent portfolio, and open source strategy.

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A VMware community fan favorite and one of the more visible, accessible executives at VMware, Herrod will be missed by many after his 11-year tenure with the virtualization giant. The move leaves VMware with big shoes to fill. With his departure, VMware also loses a powerful evangelist for the company's technology.

Reaching out to his community base, Herrod spilled the beans about his departure with a quick tweet to his followers, simply saying: "After 11 awesome years at @VMware, off to a new adventure at General Catalyst (@gcvp). Exciting and emotional!"

VMware CTO Herrod leaves to join VC firm

This tweet was followed up with emotional responses from Herrod's many followers.

His tweet also took people to what will perhaps be his final post on the VMware "Office of the CTO" corporate blog site, where he announced further details about his departure.

For more than 11 years, I have had the privilege of sharing details about the remarkable products, people, partnerships, and strategies that make up the VMware family. I have shared these via this blog, at our VMworld or vForum events, on twitter, in 1-on-1 discussions, or with my many friends in the VMUG, vExpert, PTAB, and other technical groups. I have enjoyed these interactions immensely and learned so much from my time in this role. And so today it is with both excitement and sadness that I announce my transition from VMware to a new adventure as managing director at General Catalyst, a premier venture capital firm jointly based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Palo Alto, California.

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