Bret Taylor
Taylor in July 2009
Born1979/1980 (age 41–42)
EducationStanford University (BS, MS)
OccupationCo-CEO at; Chairman, Twitter
Known forFriendFeed
Google Maps
Karen Padham
(m. 2006)

Bret Taylor (born 1979/1980)[2] is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He was the co-creator of Google Maps and the Google Maps API.[3][4] Taylor left Google in June 2007 to join venture capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence, where he and a few other Google employees, founded the social network web site FriendFeed.[5][6] Taylor was the CEO of FriendFeed until August 2009, when the company was acquired by Facebook for an estimated $50 million.[7] Taylor was the CTO of Facebook[8] until the summer of 2012, when he left to start his own company.[9]

Taylor also co-wrote the Tornado web server. The software was created at FriendFeed and was open-sourced after FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook in 2009.[10]

Taylor attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor's degree (2002) and master's degree (2003) in computer science.[11]

On June 15, 2012, Taylor announced his plans to leave Facebook to start a new company.[12] On July 30, 2013, Quip announced he was a founder.[13] On July 5, 2016, Twitter announced that Taylor was appointed to their board of directors.[14]

On August 26, 2016 Quip was acquired by[15] and on November 21, 2017, Taylor was named president and chief product officer at Salesforce.[16] On December 12, 2019, Taylor was named president and chief operating officer at Salesforce.[17] On November 30, 2021, Taylor was named vice chair and co-CEO at Salesforce. That week, he was also named chairman of Twitter.[18]


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  2. ^ Lashinsky, Adam (October 14, 2010). "40 under 40". Fortune.
  3. ^ "Mapping your way". Google. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  4. ^ "The world is your JavaScript-enabled oyster". Google. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  5. ^ "Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital". VentureBeat. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  6. ^ Markoff, John (2007-10-01). "Service Helps Friends Share Their Online Discoveries". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  7. ^ Vascellaro, Jessica E. (2009-08-11). "Facebook Acquires Start-Up FriendFeed". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2010-06-02). "Facebook promotes Bret Taylor to CTO". CNET News. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  9. ^ Geron, Tomio (2009-08-11). "Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Leave Company". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  10. ^ "Tornado: Facebook's Real-Time Web Framework for Python". Facebook. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  11. ^ "Executive Bios". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  12. ^ "Bret Taylor". BBC News. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
  13. ^ "Introducing Quip"
  14. ^ "Twitter adds Bret Taylor, former CTO at Facebook, to its board". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  15. ^ "Quip - Quip + Salesforce = Big News". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  16. ^ "Salesforce Names Bret Taylor President and Chief Product Officer and Names Alex Dayon President and Chief Strategy Officer". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  17. ^ "Salesforce names Bret Taylor President & Chief Operating Officer". Retrieved 2019-12-12.
  18. ^ Tilley, Aaron (18 December 2021). "At Twitter and Salesforce, Bret Taylor Steps Into the Limelight". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 December 2021.