People in the news, Dec. 11, 2006

Calacanis pops up at Sequoia

Jason Calacanis

has joined Sequoia Capital as an “entrepreneur-in-action.” His move to Sequoia comes just a few weeks after he resigned as general manager of AOL Netscape. Calacanis and Brian Alvey co-founded Weblogs, which operates a network of about 90 blogs. The company was bought by AOL for a reported $25 million in late 2005. Before Weblogs, Calacanis was best known for publishing the now-defunct Silicon Alley Reporter, a monthly magazine that chronicled the Internet and new media industries.

Calacanis announced his joining Sequoia last week as he gave a keynote at the Search Engine Strategies Conference & Expo 2006 in Chicago. It’s not clear what he will do at Sequoia, but he will likely either source new media deals or launch a startup himself. At the conclusion of the keynote, Calacanis described himself as someone always striving for the next big thing. “At the end of the day I’m an entrepreneur—that’s what I’m good at; starting companies,” he said. “Now, I just have to figure out what to build.”

TPG hires former Intel Capital exec

Texas Pacific Group

named former Intel Capital Managing Director Varun Kapur to lead its investments in India. Kapur previously managed Asia-Pacific region investments for Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel Corp. Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG, which has invested in China, has made strides to go after other Asian markets, such as India.

MDV goes for Green

Joshua Green

, a partner with law firm Heller Ehrman, has agreed to join Mohr Davidow Ventures as a partner focused on energy and materials. Green has been working as an attorney in Silicon Valley for the past 25 years.

Fidelity tunes into Slatford

Karen Slatford

has agreed to join Fidelity Ventures as a venture partner in the firm’s London office. She previously was with Hewlett-Packard, as a vice president and general manager in charge of B2B worldwide sales and marketing.

Liu joins Invesco

Kelvin Liu

has joined Invesco as a principal in the firm’s private equity fund-of-funds group. Liu spent the last seven years as director of North American operations for TIF Ventures, a $1.3 billion fund-of-funds in Singapore. Previously, he was the director of the National Science and Technology Board.

McLean to head IT for 3i

Jim McLean has joined 3i Group as a Menlo Park, Calif.-based partner who will lead the firm’s U.S. IT practice. He previously was a partner with ComVentures, and also has worked at Accel Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

Leet joins Cerberus

Kenneth Leet

has joined Cerberus Capital Management, a provider of distressed debt capital, as president of European operations. Leet is a veteran Goldman Sachs banker and most recently was serving as senior advisor to Ford Motor Co. He will remain as a special advisor to Ford.

Brera brings aboard new partner

Dana LaForge

has joined Brera Capital Partners as a partner based in New York. Before he joined the buyout firm, LaForge founded private equity firm Colonnade Financial Group and, before that, headed North American financial institutions I-banking at Deutsche Bank.

Greenhouse names CEO

John Manzetti

has been named president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. He joined the group in July as an executive-in-residence, and was named COO in September. Manzetti previously served as president and CEO of NOMOS Corp., a provider of radiation therapy for cancer patients.