Joe Green was the roommate of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard. When Zuckerberg was creating Facebook, Green’s dad convinced him not to join the company and to stay in school. Green decided to finish school and started a company of his own called NationBuilder. NationBuilder raised over $6 million in funding from several investors including early Facebook employees.
Green is now leaving NationBuilder to join one of the investors in his company, Andreessen Horowitz. He will be working there as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). EIR programs are a way to keep talented founders and entrepreneurs close to their companies.
EIRs usually attend meetings and work with portfolio companies as advisors. Below is a message that Green wrote on his Facebook page:
As most of you know I have spent the last couple years as Co-Founder and President of NationBuilder. Today I am announcing I am stepping down as President and away from day to day operations, though I will continue supporting the company as a member of the Board of Directors along with Jim Gilliam, Sean Parker, and Ben Horowitz. I want to thank Ben Horowitz, Marc Andreessen and the team at Andreessen Horowitz for offering me a position as EIR at Andreesen Horowitz, where I am excited to work with the best team in venture and help fellow entrepreneurs. I also am going to be diving back into political advocacy. I have spent the last 7 years building the tools to empower political change online, now it is time for me put them to use myself. I look forward to announcing some exciting initiatives in the coming weeks.
Working with Jim, Jesse, Daniel Walmsley, Adriel Hampton, Lea, Katie Yording my brother Jacob Green and our whole team has been a dream come true for me. I am particularly proud my good friends Edward Rawlinson and Michael Moschella have recently joined. Since I first saw Friendster as an intern in the New Hampshire primary, I have been pursuing the dream of bringing community organizing online. The traditions of organizing, which go back thousands of years, when combined with the broad deployment of the social graph are empowering a whole new set of leaders at a scale never thought possible. This is what led me to found and run Causes for 4 years, and when I first met Jim Gilliam I knew immediately I had met someone whose life path had also led them to this vision. It has been a privilege to spend the last couple years working to make this vision a reality. I look forward to continuing to do everything I can as a member of the board.