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TweetDeck Founder Departs Twitter

Almost two years to the day after his company was acquired, Iain Dodsworth is ready to start "something new."


Iain Dodsworth is leaving the company he founded, two years after his dashboard application was acquired by Twitter. The announcement came via Dodsworth's Twitter feed, though the post has since been deleted

Two years since the @tweetdeck acquisition and now feels like a perfect time to start something new. Goodbye @twitter, it’s been marvelous.

All Things D's Mike Isaac believes Dodsworth let the clock run out on his agreed-upon retention contract. But whether his departure signals the end of TweetDeck is a different story. 

Twitter recently shut down TweetDeck for iPhone, AIR, and Android along with its Facebook integration. To many, that pointed to doom, but Isaac notes the company hired The Guardian's former group product manager Sharath Bulusu to succeed Dodsworth when he departs.

"In many ways, doubling down on the TweetDeck web experience and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going,” Twitter wrote in March. 

Do you agree there's more in store for the start-up? 

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Last updated: May 31, 2013

JULIE STRICKLAND covers start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurial endeavors of all kinds for Inc. Her work has been published in Brooklyn Based and City Limits in New York, the Free Times in Columbia, SC, Real Travel Magazine in London, and Daegu Pockets in South Korea. She lives in New York City.

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