Original Tumblr Designer Leaves the Company

tumblr, blogging, blogging platforms, yahoo, jacob bijaniJacob Bijani, Tumblr’s first designer, has left the company, he said today in a blog post.

Bijani first worked for Tumblr as a freelancer, beginning in the summer of 2008. He joined the company later that year. He was, founder David Karp said at the time, “the first person we’ve hired who’s younger than me.”

Bijani’s departure comes just weeks after Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo, which has a poor track record with major startup acquisitions. Bijani nevertheless expressed optimism about Tumblr’s future.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve all created together, and it’s been a privilege to contribute to something beloved by so many. I can’t wait to see what’s next for the product; I’m sure it will be nothing short of incredible,” he said.

Bijani said he planned to take “some time off to digest the last few years.”

He didn’t immediately respond to a request to elaborate.

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