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Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor Leaving Facebook (AllFacebook)
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor announced that he will leave the social network later this summer to start a company with Kevin Gibbs, founder and tech lead of the Google App Engine and creator of Google Suggest. Taylor joined Facebook in 2009 as director of platform products, and he was promoted to CTO in June 2010. PC Magazine The Stanford-educated Taylor previously worked as CEO of FriendFeed. He also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital, and as a group product manager with Google, according to his LinkedIn profile. AllThingsD The move is likely to be of concern to some over the newly public company’s ability to hold onto entrepreneurial talent, especially in the wake of continued intense media and investor scrutiny over its rocky IPO last month. That’s especially true since Taylor has been in charge of both platform and mobile efforts at Facebook, a critical arena for it. The Wall Street Journal “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,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. A pair of Facebook executives under Taylor — Mike Vernal and Cory Ondrejka — will be taking over platform and mobile duties, respectively. TechCrunch Taylor’s is one of the first in a wave of Facebook departures TechCrunch is hearing, as a slew of older employees have hit their four-year stock cliffs, and the 90-day IPO lockout fast approaches. According to a source, many Facebook employees including one other executive are already planning what to do next. continued…
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