Stealthy, unlaunched startup Brigade Media has raised $9.3 million from Sean Parker of Facebook fame, along with unknown sums from Ron Conway and Marc Benioff, TechCrunch has learned. Parker’s investment is personal, and not from Founders Fund, a group that he has stepped back from.
In fact, Parker will be taking over the Chairman and CEO role, at least on an interim basis. John Thrall, previously of Yahoo, is CTO for the firm. Another now-former Facebook denizen, Adam Conner, will take up the mantle of vice president of politics. Finally, on the board side, David Henke will help the firm scale its engineering team. His current LinkedIn profile title will need a short update, as it currently reads: “Retired.”
So, what the heck is a Brigade Media? Sources close to the firm were willing to elaborate on its vision, but not on the product directly. That said…
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