It’s amazing to know how Facebook has conquered the world, knowing that it just started in a single room of techy guys. Now, it is everywhere and has connected people across the world, connected long lost friends, mended broken hearts and simply socializing. It’s always good to know that the people behind it are sticking to each other. But not anymore, another big contributor of Facebook, Blake Ross is leaving for good.
Blake Ross is the Director of Product for Facebook. It is the recent company he’s been working for. He is a software developer and has already worked with Mozilla. He actually started the Mozilla Web Browser, Mozilla Firefox to be exact. It’s sad to know that such a brilliant man is leaving. But it turned out that his resignation left a funny note and we quote:
“Hey everyone, I’ve decided to leave Facebook. I’m so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to learn from and grow with you.I’m leaving because a Forbes writer asked his son’s best friend Todd if Facebook was still cool and the friend said no, and plus none of HIS friends think so either, even Leila who used to love it, and this journalism made me reconsider the long-term viability of the company.Also because, after scaling a website in a dorm room to a platform connecting a billion people in 196 countries through revolutionary high-efficiency auto-cooling data centers, you guys will probably never figure out how to sell a Quiznos turkey club on a phone.In all seriousness, even after switching to part-time at Facebook, it’s just time for me to try new things. I was 14 when I came to the Bay Area to work at Netscape (socially stunted badge pic below). That’s half my life building software in a 10-mile area of Northern California—a rather long stretch considering I spent the first half of my life learning disciplines as varied as standing up, eating, and getting Bar Mitzvahed.
My parting advice: Cherish the launch days. To be surrounded by such bright people, brimming with optimism, forgetting to eat, is a blessing. It’s the kind of manic hopefulness that adulthood is supposed to drain out of you, and I will miss it most.
Launch day is also a great day for Legal to find out what you’re launching.
Guys, thanks for everything. You’ve all brought a lot of joy to this stone cold heart.”
He joined Facebook after it acquired his start-up which is the Parakey. Before this funny note, he has been with the company for six years. It’s funny though how an accomplished man like him makes this farewell not too dramatic.