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Great Expectations, As Aussie Expat Exec Returns To The Fold

Australian expat Hugh Williams, who is said to have led five of the biggest US tech companies, including Google Maps, has returned home to run local VC fund Rampersand and as an adviser to high-profile tech operation Expert360.

Williams left Australia for the US in 2005 when he joined Microsoft in a leadership role on its Bing search engine, in which he and his team patented the infinite-scroll technology that is now common on Web sites worldwide.

Since then his resumé includes posts at eBay, Pivotal, Tinder and then Google, where he led the worldwide Google Maps product and engineering teams.

At Rampersand he will work alongside its founding partners Paul Naphtali and Jim Cassidy and investment director Nicole Small to find start-ups for the fund to back, before helping to mentor the founders.

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