Johnson was Facebook’s mobile product manager when the completely rebuilt Facebook 5.0 for iOS application was released in August 2012, and he has also worked on search and language.
His post read:
March 13 will be my last day at Facebook.
I’m going to miss everyone here a great deal, but I am very excited to start building a company again (more details on that later!). I’m also really excited to be spending more time with my son. It’s been hard to be away from home.
I’ve learned more than I could ever have imagined here over the past four years; Facebook has driven some of the steepest learning curves I’ve ever had. Each team I’ve been part of, from mobile to search and language, has pushed and stretched me beyond what I thought I could do. Being part of the RPM program and watching some of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met begin their journey in product has been very rewarding.
This is a phenomenal place. The pace at which Facebook ships on mobile (and desktop) is unbelievable, the degree of talent and collaboration is second-to-none and the care and focus they bring to the employee community here is amazing. As a new father, being able to spend so much time with my family was transformative. Mark (Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg) has built a truly unique community here, and I feel damn lucky to have been part of it.
The list of people I should thank is far too long to list here, but some extra special thanks must go to Erick (head of mobile products Erick Tseng) for persuading me to bring my passions to Facebook in the first place, Carl (former director of product management Carl Sjogreen) and Bret (former chief technology officer Bret Taylor) for teaching me how to ship and ship well, Cory (former director of mobile engineering Cory Ondrejka) for constantly pushing me beyond my limits, and Tom (vice president of search Tom Stocky) for being both an incredible manager and leader, as well as an inspiration in balancing work and family life.
Concluding with a drone-taken photo (above) of some of my wonderful colleagues in #formalfriday attire.
Facebook, it’s been an absolute honor and a privilege. Keep hacking.
Readers: What sort of company do you think Johnson will begin building?