Bill Maris Leaves Google

Bill Maris has left Google. “The executive who built Google’s venture capital arm into one of Silicon Valley’s most prolific backers of start-ups has quit, in the latest sign of turnover among the internet group’s longest-standing leaders. Bill Maris, who trained as a neuroscientist and set up Google Ventures in 2009, has left because he wanted to return to a smaller business, though he has yet to decide on his next step, according to one person familiar with his departure.”

Nuzzel Gets Funding

Nuzzel, one of the few resources I know of that lets you use social media for content discovery without going absolutely batshit, has gotten a new round of funding and done some site tweaks. “On the heels of closing a $1.7 million funding round, the social news startup launched Nuzzel 2.0 for Web, iOS and Android on Thursday. Most notably, the new version of Nuzzel does not require a Twitter log-in to use, making the service more accessible without saying goodbye to the social curation at its foundation.”