Co-founder Evan Doll is no longer at Flipboard, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch and has just announced in a blog post. He will be joining Redpoint Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence. His role as head of Flipboard’s head of client engineering will be taken over by Troy Brant, who has been handling the job lately.
In addition to the blog post from CEO and co-founder Mike McCue, Doll has tweeted his own farewell.
It looks like the departure is on fairly amicable terms: the internal memo published in the blog post mentions that it will toast Doll at the company’s Friday “Mock-o-Clock” meeting.
Doll isn’t the only recent departure. Eric Feng, the company’s CTO, left earlier this week to re-join Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Feng spent 2 years at Flipboard before returning to the firm, which he left in 2011.
Doll’s departure comes at a tough time for Flipboard, The company earlier this year raised $50 million in a new financing round. But at the same time, it’s found itself dealing with stiff competition from services like Apple News. That’s also raised questions about whether Flipboard can remain an independent company, given rumors that Twitter might acquire the company, which cropped up earlier this year.
At the time the company confirmed its funding round, Flipboard said it had 72 million monthly active users, with the vast majority of that coming from mobile devices. Earlier in July, it was reported that the company’s numbers had jumped 75 percent in the last six months to 70 million on the back of web-user growth. The company said it sees anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 activations every day around the world.
Before Flipboard, Doll was at Apple, where he was an engineer working on early models of the iPhone.