Facebook Director of Mobile Engineering Cory Ondrejka Leaving to Form Startup

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CoryOndrejka650Facebook director of mobile engineering Cory Ondrejka is leaving the company to create his own startup, he announced in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Ondrejka joined Facebook in November 2010 from EMI Group, where he served as director of digital strategy, Prior to that, he was the chief technology officer at Linden Lab, the company that created Second Life.

He wrote in his farewell post:

Dec. 22 will be my last day at Facebook. From high-performance JavaScript through mobile to virtual reality, I could never have predicted a journey quite like this one. I will miss working with everyone, but I am excited about building my next company from scratch. More on that in a few weeks.

It has been a privilege to be a part of this company and community for the past four years and thrilling to work with so many amazing teams. Rather than break the tagger, I will just say that you all have pushed and taught me more than I could have imagined — and I can imagine a lot. I look forward to seeing what comes next because “we are 1 percent done” will be just as true in 2015 as it was the day I joined. No one has a greater opportunity and capability to continue connecting the world than Facebook.

Thank you, Mark, not just for being the best boss I’ve ever had or giving me the opportunity to change the world. Thank you for being someone I learned from every single day.

It is a small valley, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing many of you again soon.

Thanks for an amazing four years. Keep on moving fast!

Readers: What do you think Ondrejka will work on next?

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Fans Cry as Lea Michele Tears Up About Cory Monteith at ‘Teen Choice’

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A teary-eyed Lea Michele won Choice TV Comedy Actress at Sunday night’s Teen Choice Awards, dedicating the honor to her boyfriend and Glee castmate Cory Monteith, who fatally overdosed on a mix of heroin and alcohol on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel.

“He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart,” Michele said in the 65-second speech during which she occasionally raised her hands to her heart.

“So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts, and that’s where he’ll stay for ever. Read more…

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