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Mike Schroepfer
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Schroepfer, November 2010
Alma materStanford University
OccupationCTO at Meta Platforms (2013–2022)

Mike Schroepfer is an entrepreneur, technical architect and manager who was the chief technology officer (CTO) at Meta Platforms between March 2013[1] and March 2022.[2]


Schroepfer attended Spanish River Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, graduating in 1993. He holds a bachelor's degree (1997) and a master's degree (1999) in computer science from Stanford University.[3]


He was an engineer at computer software company Puffin Designs from October 1997 to November 1999 when he became a partner in Reactivity, Inc., a computer software consulting practice.[4]

Schroepfer founded the computer software company CenterRun in June 2000, becoming its Chief Architect and Director of Engineering. CenterRun was acquired by Sun Microsystems in November 2003. After the take over, he became the Chief Technology Officer for Sun's data center automation division ("N1").[4][5] Schroepfer was the Vice President of engineering at Mozilla Corporation from July 2005 to August 2008,[4] where he led the development of the Firefox web browser.[4][5][6]

He became director of engineering at Facebook in July 2008.[5][6] In 2008 he was listed as number 20 in the 25 Most Influential People in Mobile Technology by[7] In 2010 Fortune listed him and two colleagues at Facebook's technical branch as joint number 27 in their list of the 40 under 40.[8] Schroepfer has been known for his work on artificial intelligence at Facebook. Particularly, he gained attention amid the social media network's attempt to address the proliferation of false, misleading, and inappropriate content within the platform.[9] It was reported that Mark Zuckerberg believes that Facebook can address the problem through its proprietary AI technology,[9] which initially focused on greater facial recognition capability and better ad targeting.[10] According to Schroepfer, Facebook's AI succeeded at certain types of content moderation.[11] For example, its image classifier algorithms can automatically identify and delete photos and videos that contain nudity.[11]

Schroepfer became a member of the board of directors for Investment Management firm, Wealthfront, announced on November 16, 2015.[12]

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.[3][4]

On 23 September 2021, Mike Schroepfer announced that he would be stepping down from the role of CTO at Facebook next year. [13]

See also


  1. ^ Geron, Tomio. "Facebook Names Mike Schroepfer CTO". Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Facebook Names New CTO".
  3. ^ a b "Mike Schroepfer, Facebook VP of Engineering". Science Gallery. Trinity College, Dublin. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Mike Schroepfer". Linkedin. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  5. ^ a b c "'Vice President of Engineering at Facebook". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. 2008.
  6. ^ a b Claburn, Thomas (July 28, 2008). "Facebook Hires Mozilla Engineering VP Mike Schroepfer". InformationWeek. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  7. ^ LAPTOP Staff (May 27, 2008). "Mike Schroepfer - 25 Most Influential People in Mobile Technology". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  8. ^ Staff (2010). "40 Under 40 2010". Fortune magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b Metz, Cade; Isaac, Mike (2019-05-17). "Facebook's A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  10. ^ Kraus, Rachel (17 May 2019). "Don't feel bad for Facebook's CTO". Mashable. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  11. ^ a b The New York Times Editorial Staff (2019). Artificial Intelligence. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. p. 47. ISBN 9781642821376.
  12. ^ "Facebook's CTO Mike Schroepfer joins Wealthfront's Board of Directors". VentureBeat. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  13. ^ "Facebook's CTO to step down after 13 years at the company". TechCrunch. 22 September 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-23.