Mike Abbott To Focus On Social, Mobile And Cloud At Kleiner Perkins

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers on Thursday added its third senior partner in three years, hiring former Twitter engineer Michael Abbott to help with social, mobile and cloud investing.

Abbott left Twitter less than two months ago to become an entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital.

In press reports, Abbott said he was jazzed by the innovation under way in high tech sectors such as software. He said he anticipated a role not just investing but aiding Kleiner Perkins portfolio companies as they develop.

A former vice president of engineering at Twitter, Abbott grew the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in about 1½ years, according to a press release announcing his new job. Abbott’s team rebuilt and strengthened Twitter’s infrastructure at a time when traffic volume was straining site capacity.

Prior to joining Twitter in 2010, Abbott led the software development team at Palm that created the next-generation webOS platform, the release said. He was previously the Microsoft general manager responsible for the .NET services that became Azure.

Abbott also co-founded Passenger Inc. and founded Composite Software, and has advised and invested in numerous software companies, including Cloudera, Hearsay Labs, Saynow and Jawbone.

Apparently his departure from Benchmark was amiable. General Partner Bill Gurley tweeted a congratulations on his new role. Abbott follows Mary Meeker and Bing Gordon into senior roles at the Kleiner Perkins partnership.

Separately, KP said it added to its infrastructure expertise by hiring Ray Bradford away from Amazon Web Services. He was a principal in product management, according to his LinkedIn site.

Abbott could not be reached for comment.