Vernal spent more than eight years at Facebook after a six-year stint at Microsoft.
He said in a Facebook post (embedded below):
It’s really tough to leave—Facebook is a rare and exceptional company filled with extraordinary people, and I couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead. At the same time, I’m inspired and humbled to take on a new challenge. In the next couple of months, I’ll be joining the venture team at Sequoia Capital.
One of the most important things I’ve learned at Facebook is that a small team of people with vision and drive can change the world. Sequoia Capital has a long history of helping small teams create some of the most impactful companies in the world, including Apple, Google, Airbnb and WhatsApp. While I’m sad to leave Facebook, I’m excited to join Sequoia and work with a new wave of bold, driven, and visionary entrepreneurs.
Sequoia Capital venture capitalist Bryan Schreier said in a statement, as reported by Re/code:
You don’t recruit people like Mike. They choose you and we are thrilled to have him join. His experience scaling engineering, product and design teams at Facebook will be invaluable to Sequoia founders working to build similarly transformative companies.
Re/code also shared a statement from Facebook:
Mike Vernal has been an integral part of the Facebook team for eight years. While we’re sad to lose him, we’re happy for him to take the next step in his career and wish him all the best.