After seven years with the company, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is parting ways with Oculus and Facebook.

He announced the news in a post on r/Oculus on Reddit, saying that he “expects the incredible team at Facebook to continue to surprise and delight us on this mission to build the next computing platform.”

As for Mitchell himself, he’s “taking the time to travel, be with family, and recharge.”

You can read Mitchell’s entire statement below:

Thanks for believing in the impossible.

Hey everyone — I have some bittersweet news to share with this community. After 7 incredible years, I’ve decided to move on from Oculus / Facebook.

When we posted the Kickstarter in 2012, VR was mostly the stuff of science fiction. We didn’t know if people would take us seriously. We weren’t even sure we’d hit our original $250k target. But this community from around the world came together and helped make VR a reality. Fast forward just a few years later, and VR is changing people’s lives every day. This is because of you.

Virtual reality is still on the bleeding edge of technology, and this community continues to pioneer the way forward. What’s ahead is always unknown, and that’s what makes it exciting. Stay bold and keep chasing the future.

What’s next for me: I’m taking time to travel, be with family, and recharge. Of course, I’ll still be part of this community, but I’ll have a much smaller role to play.

I expect the incredible team at Facebook to continue to surprise and delight us on this mission to build the next computing platform. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

To everyone here: Thank you for your passion and creativity. Thank you for believing in the impossible. Thank you for inspiring us everyday.

Thanks for 7 amazing years.

Nate

P.S. Pic is from Oculus Connect 2 in 2015, one of my fondest memories of this whole adventure.

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