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Mood Rowghani

The ‘Mood’ between Twitter and SoundCloud

May 19, 2014

FORTUNE -- There is a Re/Code report out that Twitter is in preliminary talks to acquire SoundCloud, a Berlin-based music and audio-sharing company that raised venture capital earlier this year at a $700 million valuation. If it comes to pass, one would have to wonder if Mood Rowghani played a role.

Rowghani is a partner with VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focuses on growth-stage tech investments. One of those deals was SoundCloud, which first raised money from Kleiner Perkins in early 2012 (his colleague Mary Meeker took a board observer seat).

Rowghani also is the brother of Ali Rowghani, Twitter's (twit) current chief operating officer and former CFO. Moreover, Rowghani and new Twitter corporate development lead Rishi Garg (ex-Square) worked together a decade ago as low-level investors with Highland Capital Partners.

Obviously Twitter wouldn't be paying $1 billion or so as a personal favor, and Kleiner Perkins has plenty of other relationships inside of Twitter (thanks to, among other things, its pre-IPO investment). But if you were going to map out a "degrees-of-separation" for this prospective deal, Mood Rowghani would seem to be in the middle of it.

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