Mike Curtis to leave Airbnb position as VP of engineering

Airbnb: Airbnb’s head of engineering, Mike Curtis, is to leave the company later this year to pursue other projects and focus on family commitments.

Curtis joined the home-sharing online rental platform in 2013 after two years in a similar position with Facebook.

Airbnb will now work with Heidrick & Struggles to find a successor to Curtis, who will be expected to take on the title of chief technology officer.

At the same time, Airbnb is looking to fill vacancies for chief marketing and financial officers.

An Airbnb spokesperson said: “For a while, Mike has been thinking about making this change to take a long break. After discussing this change with [CEO] Brian Chesky, they agreed that Mike would step down after helping the company choose his successor.”

When Curtis joined Airbnb nearly six years ago, the company was still in its relative infancy as he described his excitement at joining them, saying the potential of where he could take the business was ‘limitless’.

Nowadays, Airbnb has outgrown its startup tag and is valued as one of the most valuable private technology companies in the world at $31 billion.

During Curtis’ tenure, the engineering team grew from 40 people to over 1,000 with the company raising more than $4 billion.

Next year, Airbnb is looking to go to the next level by going public.