Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bred Taylor, in charge of both platform and mobile development at Facebook announced on Friday that he is leaving the social networking giant later this summer to start his own company with his friend. The move is surely a big departure from Facebook.
Taylor was a group product manager in Google. He left the company in 2007 and found FriendFeed. In fact, he was the CEO of the social network website FriendFeed. In 2009, Facebook acquired FriendFeed and since then he was working with the company. Two years later in August 2009, he achieved the post of CTO of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) as the charge of platform and mobile development at Facebook.
People may think, as Facebook is having a bad time occurred for IPO and IPO related problems, that’s why Bret Taylor quits the biggest social networking site Facebook. But actually it’s not.
Bret Taylor wrote in a blog post on his Facebook page on last Friday afternoon that after summer, he will leave the world’s leading social network Facebook and start a new company with his friend Kevin Gibbs. Be noted, Gibbs currently leads the Google App Engine project, which lets developers run apps through Google. But Taylor didn’t mention, what type of company he will start up. here it is, what Taylor wrote.
“I wanted to let you all know that I’ll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs. While a transition like this is never easy, I’m extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I’m very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and mobile products, from Open Graph and App Center to Facebook Camera and our iOS integration. I’m even more excited for the world to see all the amazing things these teams have coming. I’ve learned more than I ever imagined in my time at Facebook. I’m also extremely grateful for my relationship with all of the amazing people I’ve worked with here. I want to give a special thanks to Mark Zuckerberg. You’ve not only been my boss for the past three years, but my mentor and one of my closest friends. Thanks to all of you at Facebook for the most incredible three years of my life.”
As soon as Taylor quits Facebook, his two underlings Mike Vernal (who joined Facebook in 2008) and Cory Ondreijka (who joined Facebook in 2010) will have the responsibility of Taylor’s respective positions. Mike Vernal will handle the platform section, while Cory Ondrejka will look after the mobile side. Be noted, Vernal was an ex-employee of Microsoft and Ondreijka previously worked with Linden Labs on the Second Life 3D virtual world/video game.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said, “I’ve really enjoyed working with Bret and getting to know him as a friend and teammate. I’m grateful for all he has done for Facebook and I’m proud of what he and his teams have built. I’m also proud that we have a culture where great entrepreneurs like Bret join us and have such a big impact.”
Taylor indicated in an interview that he would probably focus on an industry which he does not understand well as a consumer, as he did when he was working on Google’s mapping efforts.
Source : All Thing SD