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Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe becomes latest high-profile departure at Facebook

By John Glenday | Reporter

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October 23, 2018 | 3 min read

Facebook has been hit by the sudden departure of Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe just weeks after Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kriege headed out the door and months after WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum elected to leave.

In a resignation post on Facebook, Iribe wrote: “Now is when we get to pioneer the foundation of the next great computing platform and medium – this is our time to be pushing the state-of-the-art onward and upward.

"Every part of VR and AR needs to improve, especially the hardware and core technology, and Oculus has the best team in the world to do that. Although we’re still far from delivering the magical smart glasses we all dream about, now they are nearly within our reach.”

Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe becomes latest high-profile departure at Facebook

Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe becomes latest high-profile departure at Facebook

Fellow co-founder Palmer Lucky was forced out back in early 2017 and is now apparently working on virtual border technology for the US government. For his part Iribe gave no indication of what he plans to do next beyond taking time to ‘… recharge, reflect and be creative’.

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It’s not all one-way traffic at Facebook however following the surprise elevation of former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to serve as head of global affairs.

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