Hugo Barra lands on his virtual feet at Facebook

Hugo Barra didn't have a hard time finding gainful employment after his departure from Xiaomi on Sunday. The Brazilian technology executive will now be the vice-president of virtual reality at Facebook, a move that puts him in charge of the social media company's Oculus VR platform, among Facebook's other VR ventures.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote about the hiring in a post on the social media platform. Zuckerberg said that he and Barra share a "belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform." Barra was in China at the time, so the the post included a picture from a virtual meeting between the pair.

Barra was once the product spokesperson for Google's Android team. Among other things, he was involved in the development of several Nexus devices and Android releases from Honeycomb to KitKat. He subsequently worked as Vice President of International at Chinese electronics manufacturer Xaomi, directing the company's advances into foreign markets. Barra's hiring comes just a few weeks after former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe stepped down from the head position to lead a PC VR-specific group within the company, in a role focused on engineering and product development.

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    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    “Hugo Barra didn’t have a hard time finding gainful employment”

    why would anyone leave their job without finding another one first? i’m sure he already interviewed and got the role before he left Xiaomi.

    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    “Family Reasons”

    • blastdoor
    • 3 years ago

    I don’t think I could look my friends and family in the eyes if I worked at Facebook. I’d almost rather say that I developed non-nutritive cereal varnishes.

    • DancinJack
    • 3 years ago

    Isn’t it spelled “Xiaomi”?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Only the first time you type it out. After that it’s “Xaomi”. Chinese spellings, man. They’re weird.

        • DancinJack
        • 3 years ago

        Both were spelled Xaomi when I made this comment. They missed one.

    • ludi
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Hugo Barra didn't have a hard time finding gainful employment after his departure from Xaomi on Sunday.[/quote<] Tends to be pretty easy when you find your next opportunity before leaving the previous one, as almost certainly happened in this case.

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      Also when your resume includes a CS degree from MIT and years of experience at Google and Xiaomi….

        • nanoflower
        • 3 years ago

        I think the degree doesn’t matter any more after heading up development of Android at Google and then heading up Xiaomi. Pretty sure no one would care if the guy had never graduated from kindergarten (yeah, that’s a thing) after having those two things on his resume.

          • DancinJack
          • 3 years ago

          Oh sure, but you won’t get a job at Google if you haven’t graduated kindergarten.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    I think that’s Justin Timberlake, not Mark Zuckerberg.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Why? Google was obviously bananas for him. He really added some zest to Android.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        He was a really chili dude – you could pepper him with questions all day. He was a complex guy, too. More layers than an onion.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        and he didn’t like Apple, but was nuts for the phone OS–he and the lead for the produce team made quite a pear; he often said he was a peach.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Thanks for the heads-up, but you could have been specific, because two people looking at it weren’t seeing the, er produce. 🙂

      There is truth to that “you can’t see the forest from the trees” thing.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        It gave the article a distinct flavor, that’s for sure.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        Glad your edits were fruitful.

          • morphine
          • 3 years ago

          O, how pleasant it is to have smart-asses as readers!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            We kid because we love.

            • trackerben
            • 3 years ago

            The fruit of readers’ cooperation.

          • nanoflower
          • 3 years ago

          Now I’m left to wonder just what I missed by being late to the party.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            (TV announcer voice)
            Previously on The Tech Report:
            [quote<] Barra was once the produce spokesperson[/quote<]

            • DPete27
            • 3 years ago

            “VP of International at Xaomi”
            This reads funny so I hit up wikipedia for clarification, but they had the same thing. Surely it’s supposed to be International….marketing/development/etc?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      The rest of this thread makes no sense now. Not that it did in the first place. :LOL:

      Also I think you’re right. Totally Timberlake.

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