facebook CTO Bret Taylor announced on Friday afternoon in a post to the social network that he’ll be leaving the company this summer to launch a startup with Google’s senior software engineer Kevin Gibbs.
No word yet on what Taylor and Gibbs’ company will focus on, but the duo’s previous work experience suggest it may be related to working with app developers. As a group product manager at Google, Taylor had built the company's developer product team and launched its now-annual developer conference, according to his LinkedIn profile. And per Gibbs’ LinkedIn account he created and currently leads the Google App Engine project, which lets developers run apps through Google. Gibbs also created Google Suggest, perhaps better known as “those results that drop down as you type a query into Google.”
“While a transition like this is never easy, I'm extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place," Taylor wrote on facebook. "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.”
In a statement, facebook CEO 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."
Before joining facebook Taylor founded and was CEO of social content aggregator FriendFeed, which facebook acquired in 2009. Prior to FriendFeed, he had an entrepreneur in residence at VC firm Benchmark Capital, and before that served his four-year stint at Google, during which time he co-created Google Maps, Google Local and the Google Maps API.