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Microsoft startup guru Rahul Sood leaving to … build a new startup

The man accountable for ensuring Microsoft connects with startup firms is leaving to build a new startup.

Rahul Sood, basic supervisor of Microsoft Ventures and the previous president of Voodoo PC, announced in a post on LinkedIn that he’s leaving to begin a new gaming firm referred to as Unikrn. (pronounced Unicorn).

Microsoft is an incredible place to work, it’s the one place the place you’ll be able to tackle any problem and thrive, we have now a residing founder who has devoted his life to making the world a higher place, and the persons are simply so rattling good,” wrote Sood within the publish. “I’m so grateful for this memorable life altering expertise. I’m now prepared to take my subsequent step. Now that Microsoft Ventures is up and working and in a good place I believe it’s about rattling time for me to soar out and threat the whole lot once more.”

Sood stated he’s happy with the progress made at Microsoft Ventures, which now operates startup accelerators everywhere in the world. Prior to Microsoft, Sood began Calgary-based VoodooPC in 1991, which was offered to HP in 2006. He joined Microsoft in 2010, serving as a basic supervisor within the Xbox gaming unit for a quick interval earlier than shifting into his function with The Bing Fund and Microsoft Ventures.

In September, Sood stirred a debate when he stated in a Tweet that it was pointless to maintain a Startup Weekend occasion only for ladies.

“WRT to my tweet – so long as we draw *further* and even *unique* consideration to race and gender separation it’s going to proceed to exist,” Sood informed GeekWire. “As a substitute of a startup weekend for ladies, we should always have a startup weekend fixing large issues in a specific space that folks care about – and we should always encourage males & ladies of all ages to come out and assist.

We’ve reached out to Sood — one of many judges for GeekWire’s “Seattle 10” startup competition — to study extra about Unikrn and the place it is going to be primarily based.

UPDATE: Sood tells us that he’s wanting to elevate $2.5 million for Unikrn, and he’s on the prowl for engineers within the Seattle space who “love to play video games.”

“There’s by no means been a higher time to build a firm, and Seattle is the proper place to do it,” Sood says. “We’ve got an excessive amount of expertise right here to ignore… and I suppose as soon as a founder all the time a founder.”

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