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Facebook Ops Chief Will Leave Company

Key Facebook executive Jonathan Heiliger will leave the company at the end of the summer, he told GigaOM. Heiliger has seen the site grow 20 times as big since he started in 2007, and most recently spearheaded Facebook’s Open Compute data center design project. Heiliger told GigaOM he intends to take a break and advise start-ups.

A spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement,

“We can confirm that Jonathan Heiliger will soon leave the company to return to his roots as an entrepreneur. Jonathan will be missed, but his departure is made a little easier thanks to the strong, talented team put in place over the years. We suspect Jonathan’s energy and experience will be put towards making the Web more scalable and more social so our loss is a net gain for the technology community.”

We previously wrote on another long-time operations executive, Brian Walsh, leaving the company.


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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