Google Gets Out $100 Million Checkbook

Friend of founder's wife given $100 million checkbook

Mountain View-based Web search company Google is putting some more skin in the venture capital game with a new $100 million fund led by Rich Miner and Bill Maris.

Miner joined the company when it bought mobile phone operating system Android, a company which he helped found.

He'll be working out of Boston.

Maris will be based here in the Bay Area, where he managed to cash in on his small town connections.

See, Maris started Catalytic Health, an earlier venture fund, with Anne Wojcicki.

Wojcicki lucked into meeting Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were starting up the company in her parents' Palo Alto garage.

Wojcicki has since married Brin, and now has her own startup, 23andMe, which creates personal genetic profiles.

Where did 23andMe get its funding? Google, of course.

So if you're an entrepreneur looking for a piece of that $100 million pie, it pays to get to know the Wojcickis. Photo by Adrian Libotean.

Jackson West is currently suffering through a down round.

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