Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
How does that make sense for him or the 49ers?
For the Niners, I think it makes a lot of sense. He is a very successful finance guy in Silicon Valley, having been CFO not only at Facebook, but also at YouTube (where he managed the sale to Google) and Yahoo as well (back when Yahoo actually had money). He was a VC recently and if you look at what he has done and where has been, he should be extremely well connected throughout the entire valley and the whole Bay Area tech scene.
If he can help the Niners tap into his network and convince some Silicon Valley firms to put money into the Niners (sponsorships, technology deals for the new stadium etc.) I think he could have tremendous value for the Niners in all things business related.
How it makes sense for him personally? I don´t know, but he was a Stanford grad and has worked in the Bay Area for a long time, so I would guess he likes it there. I read that he said his last job, being a VC, just was not for him, so he looked elsewhere. His Twitter page also says he is a "Sports and tech fanatic", so I would also guess this is not "just a job" for him, but something he truly loves to do.
Think about it this way: He has been working successfully in tech for some time now and most likely made some truly great money, so technically, he never needs to work again. He wanted to do something different than tech and investing and now gets the opportunity to work for a sports franchise he most likely likes or maybe even is a fan of in a capacity where he feels comfortable (financial deals). I don´t know know about you guys, but I would take that chance in a heartbeat.