Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook.
Facebook confirmed the departure Mitchell announced via a note to Reddit:
“Hey everyone — I have some bittersweet news to share with this community. After 7 incredible years, I’ve decided to move on from Oculus / Facebook.”
“When we posted the Kickstarter in 2012, VR was mostly the stuff of science fiction. We didn’t know if people would take us seriously. We weren’t even sure we’d hit our original $250k target. But this community from around the world came together and helped make VR a reality. Fast forward just a few years later, and VR is changing people’s lives every day. This is because of you.”
“Virtual reality is still on the bleeding edge of technology, and this community continues to pioneer the way forward. What’s ahead is always unknown, and that’s what makes it exciting. Stay bold and keep chasing the future.”
“What’s next for me: I’m taking time to travel, be with family, and recharge. Of course, I’ll still be part of this community, but I’ll have a much smaller role to play.”
“I expect the incredible team at Facebook to continue to surprise and delight us on this mission to build the next computing platform. I can’t wait to see what comes next.”
“To everyone here: Thank you for your passion and creativity. Thank you for believing in the impossible. Thank you for inspiring us everyday.”
“Thanks for 7 amazing years.”
Mitchell’s departure from Facebook was preceded by Oculus co-founders Palmer Luckey in 2017, former CEO Brendan Iribe in 2018 and Michael Antonov earlier this year.
Mitchell was the last remaining Oculus co-founder working at Facebook. Led by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook bought the VR startup Oculus in 2014 for more than $2 billion.