When CTOs Quit, What's Next?

By Shubhra Rishi, Computerworld India |  IT Management, CTO role, startups

With his announcement to quit the largest and the most popular social networking site soon via a Facebook post, Bret Taylor joins the league of some of the famous high-profiled CTOs of multi-million dollar organizations such as Microsoft, Google and NASA among others who quit to pursue other interests.

The co-creator of Google Maps and social network website FriendFeed has revealed his plans to work on an undetermined start-up in the future. This news comes a month after Facebook's disappointing IPO (initial public offering), resulting in its stock price fall from $38 to as low as $25.52.

Like Taylor, several Silicon Valley technology heads quit their starry roles to begin their own start-ups and pursue entrepreneurial functions. So what comes next? What roles do CTOs take up after moving out as technology heads of top-notch companies? We take a look at some of them.

Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO, MicrosoftCurrent Profile: Co-founder of Intellectual VenturesYear of Inception: 2000

This former Microsoft's CTO career began with a start-up. A PhD at 23, he co-founded, Dynamical Systems Research Inc., which sought to produce a clone of IBM's TopView multitasking environment for DOS called Mondrian. Myhrvold worked at Microsoft for 13 years, where he founded Microsoft Research in 1991. He quit as the Microsoft CTO to become the co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, a patent portfolio developer and broker in the areas of technology and energy. Intellectual Ventures has over 30,000 patents, and is one of the top-five owners of U.S.patents as of 2011. Douglas Merrill, former CIO and VP-Engineering, GoogleCurrent Profile: CEO and founder of ZestCash.comYear of Inception: 2010

The former CTO of the world's largest search-engine company is a know-it-all. A Princeton University psychology graduate, Douglas Merrill has also published a book going beyond the realms of his role of technology head at Google. Merrill, who played an important role in bringing Google to its IPO, quit in April 2008 to start ZestCash.com, a financial services technology, and was listed in the Forbes' Names You Need to Know in 2011.

Chris C. Kemp, former and first CTO, NASACurrent Profile: Founder and CEO of Nebula, Inc Year of Inception: 2011


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