Brooks Departs Mayfield

Todd Brooks, a general partner with Mayfield, has left the Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture firm. Brooks did not return requests for comment, but a source familiar with the situation said that the decision was prompted by a difference in investment philosophy.

Specifically, Brooks wants to participate in larger deals than Mayfield’s seed- to early-stage investment strategy dictatesm the saource said. He informed his partners of his intentions in mid-October, and almost all of his six board seats already have been filled. Brooke remains listed as a general partner on Mayfield’s Web site. He sits on the boards of Cooligy, Inphi, Lightbit, QuantumShift and White Rock Networks.

Brooks joined Mayfield in 1999, after having served as a managing principal with JAFCO America Ventures (since renamed Globespan Capital Partners). Prior to JAFCO, he was a senior equity research analyst with Franklin Templeton Funds, where he covered the communications equipment sector.

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