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Microsoft hires new global head of startups

Microsoft has hired Annie Parker, outgoing interim CEO of Fishburners and co-founder of startup accelerator Muru-D, as its new global head of startups. Parker announced her hiring on Twitter, calling it a "wonderful opportunity" and stating she has "so many fab plans to share."

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A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed Parker's hiring in a statement to ZDNet, stating: "We are pleased to confirm that Annie Parker has joined Microsoft to work on our startup programs.'

Parker will join Microsoft in March, handing off her current position as interim CEO of Fishburners to COO Pandora Shelley.

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