Bret Taylor

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Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor - TechCrunch Real-Time Stream Crunchup - 2009.jpg
Taylor in July 2009
Born 1979/1980 (age 38–39)[1]
Residence Mountain View, California
Education Stanford University
Occupation Founder at Quip
Known for FriendFeed, Google Maps, Facebook Open Graph
Spouse(s) Karen Padham Taylor (m. 2006)[2]

Bret Taylor is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He was the co-creator of Google Maps and the Google Maps API.[3][4] Taylor left Google in June 2007 to join venture capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence, where he and Jim Norris, another former Google employee, created the social network web site FriendFeed.[5][6] Taylor was the CEO of FriendFeed until August 2009, when the company was acquired by Facebook for an estimated $50 million.[7] Taylor was the CTO of Facebook[8] until the summer of 2012 when he left to start his own company.[9] On March 15, 2013, it was announced that Mike Schroepfer would fill the role as the new CTO of Facebook.[10]

Taylor also co-wrote and maintains Tornado web server. The software was created at FriendFeed and was open-sourced after FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook in 2009.[11]

Taylor attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor's degree (2002) and master's degree (2003) in computer science.[12][13]

On June 15, 2012, Taylor announced his plans to leave Facebook to start a new company.[14] On July 30, 2013, Quip announced he was a founder.[15]


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  9. Geron, Tomio (2009-08-11). "Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Leave Company". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-08-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Geron, Tomio (2013-03-15). "Facebook Names Mike Schroepfer CTO". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-03-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Tornado: Facebook's Real-Time Web Framework for Python". Facebook. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2014-12-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. Bret Taylor at CrunchBase. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  14. "Bret Taylor". BBC News. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Introducing Quip"