fredag 19. februar 2010

Facebook makes another talent acquisition: Octazen Solutions

Facebook has acquired a Malaysian startup, Octazen Solutions, which specializes in contact importing, GigaOm reports.
Facebook spokesperson Larry Yu called this a “talent acquisition” as Octazen’s two employees will work as engineers for the company out of Malaysia. Facebook has made a series of design tweaks encouraging users to enlarge their social networks on the site by highlighting its automatic friend finder.
Yu told GigaOm:
“We’ve admired the engineering team’s efforts for some time now and this is part of our ongoing effort to add experienced, accomplished technical talent to help drive the company forward in its efforts to be the central way for people to connect and share information.”
The acquisition marks the third in a series of talent acquisitions, following Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed last August and Parakey in 2007, which brought Facebook Lite lead Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, who is responsible for designing the company’s early iPhone apps, aboard.
Facebook is in a more mature, high-growth phase and has been aggressively courting engineers, both at senior levels and for entry-level positions. Mark Zuckerberg has even asked for suggestions on which companies to buy on Quora, a question-and-answer site founded by the company’s first chief technology officer, Adam D’Angelo.
Octazen told customers:
“The company recently received an offer to acquire most of the company’s assets and to employ those assets in a different direction. After carefully evaluating this offer, our team believes this is a wonderful opportunity of which we must take advantage.
As a result, effective immediately, Octazen will no longer accept new service contracts or renew existing service contracts, and will enter a transition period to wind down operations.”

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