Bret Taylor

  • Taser Adds Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Its Board

    Taser Adds Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Its Board

    Taser, the public safety company probably best known for its eponymous electric stun-guns used by law enforcement people to immobilise suspects, is announcing a new board appointment that points to its ambitions to expand the other side of its business in connected wearables and cloud-based services to manage the data collected through them. Bret Taylor, the ex-CTO of Facebook and now… Read More

  • In A Bid To Be The MS Word Of The Mobile Generation, Quip Adds Better Search, URL Links

    In A Bid To Be The MS Word Of The Mobile Generation, Quip Adds Better Search, URL Links

    Quip, the mobile-friendly word processing app co-founded by the ex-CTO of Facebook Bret Taylor and ex-Googler Kevin Gibbs, has picked up some 5,000 companies as users since it launched last August, with the list of customers ranging from tech early adopters like Taylor’s alma mater Facebook (where there are “thousands” of users, Taylor tells me), New Relic and Taser… Read More

  • Quip, Ex-FB CTO Bret Taylor’s Word Processing App, Gets A Like Button, Themes And More

    Quip, Ex-FB CTO Bret Taylor’s Word Processing App, Gets A Like Button, Themes And More

    When Bret Taylor, the ex-CTO of Facebook, co-founded mobile-first word processing app Quip with ex-Googler Kevin Gibbs, the move appeared to be a world away from the work Taylor had done to help build the world’s largest social network. But today, Taylor’s old and new worlds are getting a bit closer, as Quip unveils an update (1.7) with new social features: a like button… Read More

  • Most People Have Changed Their Privacy Settings On Facebook, Says Facebook CTO

    Most People Have Changed Their Privacy Settings On Facebook, Says Facebook CTO

    Facebook CTO Bret Taylor responded to the oft repeated maxim (“meme” is what he called it) that Facebook privacy settings are needlessly complex by asserting that “the majority of people on Facebook have modified their privacy settings” in a conversation with John Battelle at Web 2.0 Summit today. “If you talk to college students they know what their parents can… Read More

  • Facebook CTO Bret Taylor On HTML5, Mobile As The Future, And Yes, FriendFeed

    Facebook CTO Bret Taylor On HTML5, Mobile As The Future, And Yes, FriendFeed

    Yesterday, following his talk at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, I had a chance to sit down with Facebook CTO Bret Taylor. I’ve been following Taylor’s work pretty closely since the early FriendFeed days, so it has been interesting to watch his transition into this powerful role inside of Facebook. And make no mistake, he’s transitioned well. We talked… Read More

  • Facebook's Focus In 2011: Better Cross-Platform Unification Led By HTML5

    Facebook's Focus In 2011: Better Cross-Platform Unification Led By HTML5

    Today at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Inside Network’s Justin Smith sat down for a discussion with Facebook CTO Bret Taylor. The two talked about a wide range of issues including the company’s 2010 (when they cut spam by 95 percent, Taylor said). But there was a particular focus on 2011 and the ecosystem. So what’s next for Facebook’s… Read More

  • Facebook CTO Bret Taylor: "Mobile Devices Are Inherently Social"

    Facebook CTO Bret Taylor: "Mobile Devices Are Inherently Social"

    Here at Inside Mobile Apps conference, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor talked about how mobile will be Facebook’s primary focus in 2011, mainly because “mobile devices are inherently social,” he said. Currently Facebook has 1/3 of its almost 600M user base (200M) on mobile devices and Taylor says that Facebook mobile users are 2x as active as Facebook web users. Taylor thinks of… Read More

  • Bret Taylor: Facebook Cut Spam By 95% Last Year

    Bret Taylor: Facebook Cut Spam By 95% Last Year

    Today at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Inside Network’s Justin Smith sat down with Facebook CTO Bret Taylor. The two talked about a bunch of things going on with the company. But to kick things off, Taylor offered up a bit of an overview about how 2010 went with regard to the Platform. In 2010, Facebook’s focus was on user experience, Taylor said. He noted… Read More

  • Zuckerberg: Facebook Photos Used 5 Or 6 Times More Than Competitors — Combined

    Zuckerberg: Facebook Photos Used 5 Or 6 Times More Than Competitors — Combined

    Yesterday, Facebook held a developer’s garage event at their headquarters in Palo Alto. To kick things off, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to talk a bit about the history of Facebook. Notably, he focused on Facebook Photos as being a key catalyst that led to everything the social network is today. He noted that when they launched the product, they didn’t have all of the… Read More

  • The FriendFeedization Of Facebook Continues: Bret Taylor Promoted To CTO

    The FriendFeedization Of Facebook Continues: Bret Taylor Promoted To CTO

    Facebook has a new chief technology officer, Bret Taylor. The FriendFeed co-founder and initial product manager of Google Maps came to Facebook with the $50 million acquisition of FriendFeed last year. He took on the role of director of platform at Facebook, and led the recent rollout of Facebook’s Open Graph and Open Graph API, which attempts to make social connections on the Web… Read More