Brendan Iribe was heading the next-generation "Rift 2" PC-powered virtual reality headset project
Brendan Iribe, the former CEO and the co-founder of Oculus, has announced his move of leaving the Facebook. Iribe was the heading the virtual reality domain in Facebook. He took his announcement to Facebook after some fray in the company that happened last week.
Before heading the Oculus’ PC-based Rift VR division, Iribe was assisting the Palmer Luckey, Rift Inventor, which was Kickstarter in 2012.
Iribe's exit from Facebook also led to the cancellation of the company’s next-generation "Rift 2" PC-powered virtual reality headset. It is learned that Iribe wasn't much comfortable with the views of Facebook’s executive team and had some difference in the opinion that led him to leave Facebook.
"So much has happened since the day we founded Oculus in July 2012. I never could have imagined how much we would accomplish and how far we would come."
"I'd like to sincerely thank everyone that's been a part of this amazing journey, especially Mark for believing in this team and the future of VR and AR."
"As for me, this will be the first real break I've taken in over 20 years. It's time to recharge, reflect and be creative. I'm excited for the next chapter."
It seems like there was some kind of rift between Iribe and Facebook’s people from the last couple of months because he was found absent from the last month’s Oculus Connect conference, and was attended by co-founder, Nate Mitchell.
The ousted of Brendan Iribe is another blow to the Facebook, especially after the departure of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co?founder of Instagram, last month only. The reason for their exit is also stated to the over-management from their parent company.
Looking at the pace at which the senior management members of Facebook are leaving the company, it looks like that the social networking service company needs to fill the vacancies fast and should review their working policies.