Facebook confirmed Mitchell’s departure, announced earlier through a Reddit note:
“Hello everyone – I have some bittersweet news to share with this community. After 7 incredible years, I decided to leave Oculus / Facebook.
When we introduced the Kickstarter campaign in 2012, VR was basically science fiction stuff. We did not know whether we would be taken seriously. We were not even sure that we were in our original goal of 250 thousand dollars. But a community from around the world has come together and helped make VR a reality. Go forward, just a few years later, and VR is changing people’s lives every day.
Virtual reality is still at the forefront of technology, the community continues to pave the way. What is ahead is always unknown, and that is what makes it exciting. Stay bold and keep exploring the future.
What awaits me? I decided to spend time traveling, being with my family and just rebooting. Of course, I will still be part of this community, but I will have a much smaller role in it.
I expect the incredible Facebook team to continue to amaze and delight us in this mission to create the next computing platform. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Everyone here – thanks for your passion and creativity. Thank you for believing in the impossible. Thank you for inspiring us every day.
Thanks for 7 amazing years. ”
Mitchell’s departure from Facebook preceded Oculus co-founders Palmer Lucky in 2017, former CEO Brendan Iribu in 2018, and Mikhail Antonov earlier this year.
Mitchell was the last remaining co-founder of Oculus, working on Facebook. Recall that Facebook, led by Mark Zuckerberg, bought Oculus VR startup in 2014 for more than $ 2 billion.
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