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Former Netscape CFO Peter Currie Will Be New Facebook Financial Adviser, Until New CFO Is Found


In a back-to-the-future move, former Netscape CFO Peter Currie will be the key adviser to Facebook about financial matters, until a new CFO is found, sources said.

The temporary move puts a well-known and well-liked Silicon Valley figure in place at the company at what is surely a tumultuous moment. Currie has most recently been a venture investor.

Today, Facebook parted ways with its CFO, Gideon Yu, saying it was prepping for an eventual IPO.

But others sources at the company said Yu and Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg had had intensifying differences in recent weeks over a range of issues.

In Currie, Zuckerberg gets a seasoned tech exec, with deep ties in the sector. He serves on the board of Sun Microsystems (JAVA), one of many such seats he has held at tech companies.

And, perhaps most significant of all, Currie is very close with Facebook board member and Netscape Communications co-founder Marc Andreessen. Sources said Andreessen was also influential in the decision related to Yu leaving his job.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work