Digg founder Kevin Rose new Google Ventures partner

Already at Google since earlier this year, Rose joins the search giant's venture arm as its newest partner.

Kevin Rose, the newest partner at Google Ventures. CNET/James Martin

Digg founder Kevin Rose has become the newest partner at Google Ventures .

Google bought Rose's incubator Milk in March, and at the time, it appeared he would be working on Google+.

But now, according to All Things D, Rose will be coming aboard the search giant's venture arm.

In an email to CNET, Google Ventures confirmed Rose's new position.

Rose has been a tech star for years. He first made waves at TechTV, and became more prominent on various Revision3 shows. But it was Digg, a system that allowed Internet users to rank stories' popularity, that made him a household name -- in tech circles, at least. Digg was long a prime buyout target, and he fielded offers as high as $200 million (from Google in 2008). But in the end, he stayed with Digg, though he pulled back from his CEO role there in 2010 and is now a company adviser.

Google Ventures may have wanted Rose because of his success as an investor. According to his About.me page, he has helped fund a number of well-known tech outfits, including Foursquare, Gowalla, ngmoco, OMGPOP, Path, Square, Twitter, and Zynga.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. PT with confirmation by Google Ventures.

 

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