Thank You, Yoav

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my sincere, deepest gratitude and appreciation to my good friend and business partner, Yoav Kutner, who is leaving Magento. Yoav co-founded Magento, led the development of our platform, and served as our CTO for the past 8 years. I know that whatever Yoav does next, it will be worth watching closely.

As our CTO, Yoav made countless innovations and decisions about the direction of our platform. Equally important has been his commitment and engagement with the community.  From the very beginning, Yoav understood the value of being “open”, and the value of creating opportunities for an ecosystem. That commitment to openness will continue to shape our organization and our platform for years to come.

We’re fortunate that Yoav attracted the very best technical people to Magento. They loved working with Yoav because he challenged them, led them, supported them, and made Magento such a great place to work.  We’re fortunate that Yoav helped build a team that can build on his vision and help Magento continue to prosper.

His presence will continue to be felt in our organization and our industry.  His ideas are woven into Magento’s DNA – our culture, our technology, and our community. I will miss him tremendously and will always value the things I learned from him.  I can still picture the early days of our working together, sitting back-to-back in the closet-sized room that was our office. What a journey this has been: growing Varien, creating Magento, scaling our business and becoming part of eBay.

Yoav, on behalf of the entire team, THANK YOU.  After 8 years of working virtually non-stop, I hope you will take some time to relax, recharge and enjoy some time off with your family. We will continue the work you started and make you proud.

Saying goodbye to Yoav, Magento style

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