Friday is my last day at Facebook. It’s truly been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with such high-caliber people on a product used by a community of 1 billion. Since being at Facebook, I have learned a ton about mobile and product design. So much, in fact, that I’m going to print myself a PhD in design. (I never went to college.) Facebook is a special place, and I’m going to miss it. I have no doubt the future is bright, and the best days for the company are ahead. The past sixteen months have been amazing, and I am forever grateful for the experience.
Zuck and I on the day Facebook celebrated 1 billion users.
So, why am I leaving? Because sometimes you get the itch to create something new, and when that itch becomes too great, it requires action. While designing at Gowalla for 4 years (before being acquired by Facebook), I enjoyed the process of building the service from scratch. I want to continue making beautiful, high-quality products that people love, no matter the scale.
After being raised in the midwest, living in San Francisco has been quite an adjustment. But I have grown to like the city, and I plan to stay. Living here has forced me to be ambitious, because *everyone* is doing something interesting. I appreciate the openness surrounding new ideas and the chance to collaborate with the most talented people in the industry.
Before diving into new projects, I am taking time off. For the last decade, I’ve been designing full-time. (I started at age 15 and am now 25.) Sometimes a person needs a break to gain new perspective — even if they’re perfectly happy (and I am). For years I have dreamed about traveling around the world — and now is the time! A big part of life is about the places you go and people you meet. I plan to spend time reading, exploring, ramping up on new skills (like iOS engineering), taking lots of photos…and most of all, meeting great folks!
My first stop is Reykjavik, Iceland. I have never been and don’t know a single soul — but, it looks beautiful. So, any recommendations are welcome! I have a one-way flight and will plan more destinations as I go. In each destination, I will host an Instagram meet-up to connect with new people. I have a huge stack of Instagram stickers — directly from the team in California, to give away. Follow me on Twitter for updates.
Thanks for all the love and support. <3