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Former LinkedIn Exec Joins Greylock

DJ Patil, a former LinkedIn executive, will join venture firm Greylock Partners as chief scientist in residence, Reuters reported. Patil will join LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman at the firm, where he serves as a partner. Most recently, Patil was at Color, a location-based photo sharing service that was backed with $41 million in venture capital.

(Reuters) – Former LinkedIn (LNKD.N) and Color executive DJ Patil has joined Greylock Partners as chief scientist in residence, Greylock said on Monday.

The move reunites Patil with his old boss Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn’s founder, who is now a partner at Greylock.

Patil will work with Greylock’s portfolio companies, including daily deals company Groupon and bed-for-rent service Airbnb, to help them mine data to improve their businesses.

“You have to be able to manipulate and play with the data in creative ways,” said Patil, who described the job to Reuters as “one part engineer, one part designer, one part Web development, with some math and statistics thrown in.”

Patil will also think about ideas for his own, still-undefined business.

Patil recently left Color, the location-based photo-sharing service that has attracted attention for raising $41 million in its first round of funding. He joined Color, where he worked as chief data officer, in March. (Reporting by Sarah McBride. Editing by Robert MacMillan)