Bret Taylor, CTO, Smartest Techie leaving Facebook

Bret Taylor, Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer has announced that he will leave the Social Gain this summer and work on his own startup with Kevin Gibbs, Google App Engine Tech Lead and Google Suggest Creator.

Taylor joined Facebook in 2009 as the director of Platform products and was promoted to the CTO just in a years time.

The current CTO of Facebook has this on his Facebook Page:

I wanted to let you all know that I’ll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs.

While a transition like this is never easy, I’m extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I’m very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and mobile products, from open graph and app center to Facebook Camera and our iOS integration. I’m even more excited for the world to see all the amazing things these teams have coming.

I’ve learned more than I ever imagined in my time at Facebook. I’m also extremely grateful for my relationship with all of the amazing people I’ve worked with here.

I want to give a special thanks to Mark Zuckerberg. You’ve not only been my boss for the past three years, but my mentor and one of my closest friends.

Thanks to all of you at Facebook for the most incredible three years of my life.

And Taylor said in an interview with AllThingsD:

I had always been upfront with Mark that I eventually wanted to do another startup, and we felt now is the best time after the IPO and the launch of some recent things for me to do that.

Cross-pollination among companies is what drives so much of innovation, so I would not project a lot onto this event. I am really confident that the mobile and platform leaders at Facebook can deliver what needs to be done.

We are dealing with the cultural change of increasing attention, from going from a private company with a lot of scrutiny to a public company with a lot more scrutiny.

Is it an isolated departure, beginning of the Brain drain that many feared when Facebook’s initial public offering launched? Or just a personal choice of an individual who wants to do his own things, only time will tell.