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Mary Meeker, renowned tech analyst, leaves Morgan Stanley for venture capitalist firm

November 29, 2010 | 10:40 am

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Mary Meeker, a renowned technology analyst and researcher, is leaving her longtime home at financial-services firm Morgan Stanley to become a venture capitalist.

Meeker has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner, the firm announced Monday morning.

"We're at the beginning of another great wave of tech innovation, and I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to help the next generation of Internet technologies and leaders," Meeker said in a statement.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is well-known in the tech industry for investing in Google, Amazon, Zynga and many other companies.

Meeker led a research team covering many of the same companies at Morgan Stanley, including Google and Amazon, as well as others tech heavyweights such as Microsoft, Yahoo! and EBay. Meeker joined Morgan Stanley in 1991.

At Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meeker will advise companies in which the venture capitalist firm has invested in, particularly social media, mobile and "new commerce" Internet companies, the firm said.

Aside from her research and analysis, Meeker is known to have a knack for foreseeing tech trends. Her speeches and presentations at tech conferences also tend to be a hit.

This year, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Meeker spoke about the state of the Web.

Last year, in her Web 2.0 presentation, she forecast that eventually 10 times more people will use mobile devices to surf the Web than desktop computers and that about 1 billion people worldwide will be mobile data users by 2013.

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Photo: Tech analyst Mary Meeker speaks during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Nov. 16. Credit: Tony Avelar / Bloomberg

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