After four years as the head of Messenger David Marcus leaves the team to lead a small group of Facebook employees to explore what Blockchain technologies are doing for the social media giant can.
A post on Facebook, Marcus remarked that he would "start from scratch" in these efforts around Blockchain Tech. His departure from Messenger comes next to a major organizational restructuring on Facebook, saw the role shift from many senior executives on Facebook.
Marcus is particular on the board of the Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase, so this will not be his first foray into Blockchain. Marcus is being told by Instagram Kevin Weil in this new venture, Recode.
Below is Marcus' entire post:
After nearly four incredibly rewarding years leading messengers, I've decided that it was time for me to take on a new challenge. I'm starting a small group to explore how to make the most of Blockchain on Facebook and start over.
When I came to Messenger, it used 300 million people every month, since then we have added more than 1billion people. We have many new experiences from video chat to P2P payments, a capable camera and new features like games. We have opened the platform and now more than 200,000 developers are creating experiences and more than 8 billion messages are sent each month between people and businesses. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming redesign of Messenger. I took a look at this year's F8. I think you will love it!
It has been an honor to lead the fantastic Messenger team, and their commitment to making Messenger as good as possible is second to none. I will miss them, but I know that Messenger is in big hands with Stan Chudnovsky and they will continue to create amazing experiences for all the people who depend on it all over the world.
Messenger is now one of the most important apps in the world and its future is incredibly bright. The saying is that the journey is more important than the destination, and what a remarkable journey that was!