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Jonathan Heiliger, Northbridge Venture’s newest general partner will be all about infrastructure, just as he was when he helped scale up Facebook’s foundation to meet the needs of 800 million users. Given his super-star status, Heiliger’s hire is a coup for Northbridge.

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Apparently it only takes several months to get over building one of the web’s most rapidly scaled infrastructure platforms, since Facebook’s former infrastructure guru Jonathan Heiliger has taken a job as a general partner with North Bridge Venture Partners. His connections among the celebrities of scalable infrastructure and his knowledge on the topic will be an asset to any VC trying to lure great talent and help those startups execute.

Heiliger has important bona fides and his hiring represents a coup for North Bridge.  As Facebook’s former VP of technical operations,  he spearheaded the build-out infrastructure so it didn’t melt down as Facebook’s user base soared from 30 million to more than 800 million, according to this Fortune Magazine report. He also led Facebook’s Open Compute Project, an attempt by the social networking giant to bring collaborative design principles from the open-source software world into the more staid realm of data center hardware.

North Bridge is based in Waltham, Mass. with just three general partners in its Silicon Valley office, so Heiliger will help expand its presence there.  There he will work with Paul Santinelli who has known Heiliger from years ago when they both worked at GlobalCenter.

Heiliger who left Facebook last May, started out at the ripe age of 19 when he  co-founded  ISP GlobalCenter, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Later, he was an early employee of Loudcloud, a startup launched by Marc Andreessen.

And that’s not all: Heiliger was chief of engineering for Walmart’swebsite. He clearly knows his computing infrastructure, and infrastructure companies are North Bridge’s forte.

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