Facebook CTO Bret Taylor Leaving Company In Order To Start Start-up Venture

Posted on Jun 16 2012 - 5:53am by Editorial Staff

AllThingsD reports that Facebook CTO Bret Taylor leaving the social giant later this summer in order to work on an undetermined start-up. “I had always been upfront with Mark that I eventually wanted to do another start-up,” Taylor told the publication. “And we felt now is the best time after the IPO and the launch of some recent things for me to do that.”

Here is Taylor’s post on Facebook about the pending departure:

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.

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