Bret Taylor

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Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor - TechCrunch Real-Time Stream Crunchup - 2009.jpg
Taylor in July 2009
Born1979/1980 (age 40–41)[1]
Alma materStanford University
OccupationPresident and COO at
Known forFriendFeed, Google Maps, Facebook Open Graph
(m. 2006)

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 a few other Google employees, 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]

On July 5, 2016, Twitter announced that Taylor was appointed to their board of directors.[16]

On August 26, 2016 Quip was acquired by[17] and on November 21, 2017, Taylor was named president and chief product officer at Salesforce.[18]

On December 12, 2019, Taylor was named President and Chief Operating Officer at[19]


  1. ^ Lashinsky, Adam (October 14, 2010). "40 under 40". Fortune.
  2. ^ "Karen Padham Taylor's Facebook Profile". Retrieved 2012-06-15.
  3. ^ "Mapping your way". Google. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  4. ^ "The world is your JavaScript-enabled oyster". Google. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  5. ^ "Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital". VentureBeat. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  6. ^ Markoff, John (2007-10-01). "Service Helps Friends Share Their Online Discoveries". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  7. ^ Vascellaro, Jessica E. (2009-08-11). "Facebook Acquires Start-Up FriendFeed". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2010-06-02). "Facebook promotes Bret Taylor to CTO". CNET News. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  9. ^ Geron, Tomio (2009-08-11). "Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Leave Company". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  10. ^ Geron, Tomio (2013-03-15). "Facebook Names Mike Schroepfer CTO". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  11. ^ "Tornado: Facebook's Real-Time Web Framework for Python". Facebook. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  12. ^ "Executive Bios". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  13. ^ Bret Taylor at Crunchbase. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  14. ^ "Bret Taylor". BBC News. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
  15. ^ "Introducing Quip"
  16. ^ "Twitter adds Bret Taylor, former CTO at Facebook, to its board". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  17. ^ "Quip - Quip + Salesforce = Big News". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  18. ^ "Salesforce Names Bret Taylor President and Chief Product Officer and Names Alex Dayon President and Chief Strategy Officer". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  19. ^ "Salesforce names Bret Taylor President & Chief Operating Officer". Retrieved 2019-12-12.

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