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Facebook CTO changes employment status on Facebook profile

Facebook’s CTO is out the door. And, soon-to-come IPO goldmine aside, who could blame him?

The news broke last night, courtesy of blogs BoomTown and VentureBeat. Seems there are plenty of reasons for Adam D’Angelo to leave (or was he canned?). Let’s list them:

  1. He’s 23. With his talents and resumé, why should D’Angelo hang around Facebook if it isn’t the perfect job for him?
  2. He’s 23. Talent aside, he just might be too young for a job. Facebook Inc., by our measurements at least, is probably a midmarket company. But the popularity and tech needs of Facebook make it more of a large enterprise, at least from a CIO/CTO perspective. The company just took on another $100 million in debt to buy servers and other infrastructure. D’Angelo is talented. But some situations require experience. This is one of them. (So is being president of the United States, but don’t try to tell that to my Obama-fawning lib neighbors in Cambridge).
  3. Mark Zuckerberg. I don’t mean to make assumptions, but the general storyline with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg is he maybe, sorta, kinda is tough to work with. I know people were all over BusinessWeek reporter Sarah Lacy for bombing her South by Southwest interview of Zuckerberg in March. And, granted, I would have taken a different interview approach. But Zuckerberg decided to capitalize on Lacey’s downward spiral with an aloof, too-cool-for-school attitude that was more spoiled brat than legitimately successful CEO. The Twitter crowd at the interview was enthused, as Twitter users are almost exclusively spoiled brats.
  4. Mark Zuckerberg. Again, don’t know the guy, but the consistent meme about Facebook is “You do the work, Zuckerberg gets the glory.” Seeing as D’Angelo is really good at doing really good work, maybe that gets a bit frustrating.
  5. Facebook is renaming and redistributing the CTO role to vice president of engineering. What that means is unclear, but what it shows is that Facebook is a company in flux. Things are going to change, quickly. If Facebook isn’t the right fit for D’Angelo, now is the right time to leave.

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