Andrew "Boz" Bosworth is an American developer. He is currently Facebook's augmented and virtual-reality vice president. After graduating from Harvard University in 2004, he worked as a developer on Microsoft Visio for almost two years, then joined former student Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook in January 2006 where he created News Feed. As of 2018, Bosworth leads Facebook's virtual reality, augmented reality, and consumer hardware efforts.
Early life and education
Bosworth was born and raised in Santa Clara County, California. He grew up on a farm in Saratoga and was involved in agricultural endeavors with nonprofit 4-H as a child. Bosworth attended Harvard University and met Zuckerberg while working as a teaching assistant in an artificial intelligence class. Bosworth graduated from Harvard University in 2004.
Bosworth began his career working for Microsoft as a developer on Microsoft Visio. In 2006, Bosworth received a call from a recruiter looking for a candidate with a background in artificial intelligence. From this, he joined the team of Facebook as one of the first 15 engineers at the company.
In 2012, Bosworth took initiative over the transition between desktop advertising and mobile advertising, where he oversaw the mobile ad product.
In August 2017, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer announced that Bosworth would be transitioning to the role of vice-president for augmented reality and virtual reality, and Mark Rabkin would assume Bosworth's current responsibilities.
On June 18, 2016, Bosworth wrote a memo circulated internally within Facebook titled "The Ugly," arguing that connecting people was a paramount goal for Facebook, and justified many of the company's practices. The memo also acknowledged that this could have negative consequences, such as the potential to be used by terrorist attacks coordinated via Facebook. The publication date of the memo was a day after the shooting and death of a Chicago man was recorded via Facebook Live. The memo generated strong, polarized reactions within the company. The memo was leaked to and reported on by BuzzFeed on March 29, 2018.
In a statement given to BuzzFeed after publication of the story, Facebook CEO and principal founder Mark Zuckerberg said: "Boz is a talented leader who says many provocative things. This was one that most people at Facebook including myself disagreed with strongly. We've never believed the ends justify the means. We recognize that connecting people isn't enough by itself. We also need to work to bring people closer together. We changed our whole mission and company focus to reflect this last year."
Responding to the publication of the memo by BuzzFeed, Bosworth wrote: "I don't agree with the post today and I didn't agree with it even when I wrote it. The purpose of this post, like many others I have written internally, was to bring to the surface issues I felt deserved more discussion with the broader company."
Bosworth serves as the vice chair on the board of directors for the Peninsula Open Space Trust. Bosworth additionally participates in events as an alumnus of nonprofit 4-H, where he has previously been recognized with recognition such as the Distinguished Alumni Medallion award.
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