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Who is behind some of Kleiner’s exits this year? Matt Murphy, who no longer works at Kleiner

Murphy is No. 73 on the Recode 100.

Two of this year’s biggest wins for storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers came thanks to a partner who left two years ago.

Matt Murphy, who now resides at Menlo Ventures — one of Kleiner’s competitors — scored his previous firm’s investors two paydays with this year’s acquisitions of AppDynamics and Simplivity. In 2012, Murphy led AppDynamics’ $20 million Series C round (it sold for $3.7 billion this January) and Simplivity’s $25 million Series B round (sold for $650 million just a week earlier).

Kleiner Perkins has been criticized by its peers for missing many of the most recent value-creating startups, but the firm had a role in at least six prominent exits in 2017. The turnover at Kleiner continues to be a black eye for the firm — and Murphy is no small part of that.

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