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Key Engineer Leaves Twitter

Twitter platform veteran quits in favor of banking startup

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An engineer who joined Twitter in early 2007 and later earned the title "API Lead" has now left the company.  Alex Payne announced this afternoon that he’s quit, and will be moving on to act as cofounder, CPO, and CTO at a startup called BankSimple.

This is obviously bad news for Twitter in the sense that Payne was a valuable employee.  Twitter’s developer platform has played a huge role in making the site popular, and Payne’s experience would have been an asset as Twitter continues to grow.

The situation could be worse, though.  One important thing to note is that Payne hasn’t left Twitter for a competitor (or a company looking to become a competitor).  BankSimple is just supposed to be, as its name implies, a customer-friendly bank.

Also, in a blog post Payne linked to in a tweet, he explained, "Walking away from Twitter wasn’t an easy decision.  Working there has been a life- and career-changing experience.  I’ve learned all sorts of lessons, made great friends, and worked on something that millions of people now use every day."

A more interesting story might develop if and when Twitter names a replacement, then.  We know Payne was good, but Twitter’s future may start to look worse or better depending on who it promotes or hires to take over his duties.

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  • Guest

    Why “could the situation be worse?” You don’t know, do you?

    Why is “it obviously bad news?” Someone leaving is never easy, but do you know why?

    You make assumptions that a team of 200+ people will fail because one person has left. You don’t even mention why this person is important or why we should be concerned, which larger blogs (such as Mashable and Techcrunch) have already done.

    To top that off, you write; “A more interesting story might develop if and when Twitter names a replacement, then.”

    Well, why not wait, then? You’re furthering the vein of specious blog posts, where, lacking the appropriate information, you switch to speculation in order to fill additional lines on the screen. A bit of research would have helped here.

    Show the engineer some respect.

  • http://www.websitetemplates.bz Website Templates.bz

    I don’t see a problem here)))
    I guess it happens all the time that people get hired and fired, and no matter how successful the company is.

    It’s normal)

  • http://www.zahrawy.net/forum/member.php?u=54841 Anisha Frymark

    Interesting post, enojyed though it. cheers.