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The co-founder and former CTO of Joyent will direct digital strategy at the mobile broadband networking giant.

When Jason Hoffman, the CTO of Joyent, stepped down from that company in September, we wondered what he’d be up to. Now we know: He’s joining Ericsson as VP of corporate strategy and portfolio management for the Swedish telecom giant. The new gig starts next week, Hoffman confirmed via email.

Ericsson, with roughly $34 billion a year in revenue, is headquartered in Stockholm with U.S. operations in San Jose, Calif. and Plano, Texas.

The company is a major player in telecom gear and  mobile phone networks and is parlaying that expertise in fast-growth areas including the internet of things and cloud computing. All of that work will require big, efficient infrastructure, something Hoffman, a frequent speaker at Gigaom’s Structure conferences, knows a little something about.

Hoffman, who had been working as a cancer pathologist, co-founded Joyent ten years ago in large part to build infrastructure to speed up that research.

Now it looks like he’ll be building out still more massive infrastructure.

  1. I cannot wait to see what Jason does there. I hope he brings his thinking about distributed systems to the wireless network world, finally a merging between cloud tech and wireless networks.

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