Chris Dycus, a hardware engineer at Facebook’s Oculus, has left the company he helped establish.
Why is that important? Because Dycus (pictured above wearing an early version of the Rift) was Oculus’ first employee outside of founders like Brendan Iribe, Nate Mitchell, and the now-departed Palmer Luckey. He joined the company in the start up days of 2012, long before Facebook would got on to buy it up in 2014. He was hired around the time of Oculus’ historic Kickstarter campaign for the Rift VR headset, which ran from early August to early September 2012 and raised over $2 million.
So why is Dycus leaving? In a Facebook post, captured on Reddit, he explained that he’d simply found another opportunity that was too good to pass up.
“I would have gladly stayed at Oculus for at least a couple more years, but this new job came up and it really sounds like something I want to do,” he explained, adding that he misses the start-up mentality of “everybody-does-everything”. Dycus can’t, however, explain what he’s actually moving on to at this point in time.
His departure doesn’t sound like its linked to other similar events, then. Luckey left the company following controversy surrounding supposedly funding a political smear campaign, just a week before Hugo Barra started his new job as Facebook’s VP of VR. Anna Sweet also left the company around the same time.