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Jul 16 2013, 6:16am CDT | by , in News | Misc

Gowalla Co-founder Josh Williams is Leaving Facebook

Josh Williams, the co-founder of Gowalla is to leave Facebook. He plans to start a new company in San Fransisco and he will be missed by his colleagues and fans.

After just a year and a half on the job, Joshua Williams, the Location & Events Product Manager for Facebook is all ready to go elsewhere in search of better prospects. A spokesperson has wished him the best of luck in his future endeavors. According to AllThingsD, Josh sold his set up, that is Gowalla, to Facebook. The site was in the doldrums and so Facebook took it under its umbrella. Gowalla specialized in venue check-ins. It resembled Foursquare, which by the way is a much more successful venture. Williams meanwhile had been trying to assist Facebook in learning from Yelp. The fine tuning of business pages as well as the development of a mobile map feature was in the pipeline.

Williams spoke of how he plans to start afresh. The loss of an employee such as Josh is somewhat of a shock for Facebook. The network giant had spent in excess of three million dollars for Gowalla. A few other talented individuals will be exiting Facebook’s premises along with Josh. These include Instagram designer, Tim Van Damme. Josh Williams had once spoken of how he had to avoid ruts and not get stuck in patterns. The adventurous spirit of enterprise and independence was something close to his heart. That may be why he decided to venture forth on a journey into the cold bleak world out there rather than rest on his laurels.

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