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Former Obama digital aide to join Kushner's brother's firm

Josh Miller, the Obama administration's director of product, on Friday announced he's joining a venture capital firm founded by Josh Kushner, the brother of Jared Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law. 

Miller, whose official title at Thrive Capital will be entrepreneur in residence, made the announcement in a post on Medium, writing that he intends to further his work exploring "how technology can uniquely address civic challenges."

 

"Thrive is an investor in Kickstarter and Jet, as well as many of my favorite technology companies - from Stripe to Github and Slack," Miller wrote. "I've known the team at Thrive for over five years now." 

 

"More recently, Josh and I have been discussing ways to address recidivism issues together, inspired by our work with local prisons," Miller added of Kushner. "It will be fun to explore alongside them and the rest of the Thrive team."

 

Before joining the Obama White House's digital team in 2015, Miller worked at Facebook, which had purchased his messaging startup Branch the year prior for a reported $15 million.

 

Miller told the New York Times that he was not bothered by Kushner's connection to the new administration.

 

Josh Kushner drew attention last month when he was seen attending the Women's March on Washington.

 

Kushner said in an interview in August that he was a "lifelong Democrat" and would not be voting for Donald Trump, even though his brother was married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump.

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