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David Hirsch, a former Googler who has just joined a venture-capital firm as a partner after an eight-month-long job search, has one provable talent: Excellent timing. Hirsch joined Google in 2000, and spent eight years at the company. But a former colleague tells us Hirsch was "useless." Google's touchy-feely management were too confrontation-averse to actually fire him; instead, Hirsch was demoted twice and eventually moved to a recruiting job in HR, where he worked for the last two and a half years of his so-called career at Google, accourding to our source. Unqualified even for a sales job? Sounds like most venture capitalists we know.