Developer Evangelist Michael Jurewitz Leaving Apple for Black Pixel

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Michael Jurewitz, a member of Apple's developer outreach team, announced today that he is leaving the company to join software developer and consultancy Black Pixel as a director and partner. Jurewitz, familiar to many developers as @jury on Twitter, provided developers with a conduit for feedback and communication with Apple.


    Writing on his personal website, "Jury" reflected on his seven years at Apple.
    Black Pixel's Daniel Pasco has more about what Jurewitz's role at the firm will be.

    Article Link: Developer Evangelist Michael Jurewitz Leaving Apple for Black Pixel
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Wow. He will be missed in the dev forums.

    And with all these people leaving somethings going on at One Infinite Loop.
  3. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    Who is all? I can recall Johnson (pre-jobs departure), Mansfield, and now Jurewitz.

    Let's get a list compiled for the past 18 months of key players leaving, curious.

    EDIT: OS X Chief Bertrand Serlet as well.
  4. thelink macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2012
  5. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield and Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Office Betsy Rafael.

    Two more top brass.
  6. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Any statistics to indicate this is not normal attrition for a company in Apple's position?
  7. patrickowtf macrumors member

    May 21, 2012
  8. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Any statistics it is ?
  9. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    Ah yes, you two are geniuses.

    It makes sense that he's leaving his position at Apple (which is clearly ending as a company soon) to then work on software that only runs on hardware that Apple releases.
  10. Tailpike1153 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2004
    Bellevue, WA
    My initial reaction was uh-oh. But technology tends to be a young person's game. For me personally, I've gone from a uber-hardware geek towards more web and application developing. It's good to try new things once and again. I still have faith in the little fruit company. It may not have that same old mom & pop feel to it but I love it. Probably until the day it is announced that OS X has been cancelled and Apple has bought an os from a mom & pop shop from Redmond, WA. I'll probably hit the lifeboats then. Now not so much.
  11. Over The Hill macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2012
    for your sanity.
  12. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    This was announced in early 2011. pre-Jobs.

  13. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Mansfield, probably more than anyone else there who's leaving, deserves to retire. He's done tremendous work for a long time. If I were him I'd go enjoy my life and leave on top as well.
  14. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    er, no - the post you were replying had *already* counted Mansfield. so that is not "two more".
  15. dr-jerry macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    inventing on principle

    I think Brett Victor's departure is also a sad one for apple. On the other hand I think that great minds are probably best of without the burden of a large company like Microsoft, Google or Apple.
  16. liavman macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2009
    These looks like normal attrition to me. There were probably a few others who had left over time which we do not keep track of because they are not visible to us.

    I am also keeping in the back of my head that a few top executives sold Apple stock in the 620-640 range. Again, we can not read too much into it. Just mentioning it here for capturing a few more data points.
  17. tagy macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2003
    His talk about iOS performance at the iOS5 tech talk was great, shame he won't be at the iOS6 version.
  18. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    He was the iCloud evangelist. I hope that Apple has someone in line with the smarts to take over his stuff.
  19. ethana macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Just so you all know, he was not a "top brass executive" as some of you think. He was simply an Apple evangelist for the developer side. He knew a lot of developers face-to-face and was at all the tech talks. Very nice guy.

    He was not a profound decision maker within Apple and probably just got an offer he couldn't refuse.

  20. fermat-au macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2009
    (I acknowledge this post is not directly related to Jurewitz Leaving's departure.)
    With the lost of Serlet, "Avie" Tevanian (2003) and sadly Jobs, I don't think any of the core NeXT team that came to Apple in 1997 remain. This is the team who created OSX from NeXT that made the Mac what it is today.
  21. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Excellent rebuttal, you are a genius!

    "There is a God"

    "Prove it?"

    "Prove there isn't?"
  22. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    With all due respect to Jury, his stature at Apple was nowhere even remotely close to any of the executives who have recently left. His departure has the same significance as that of any other common Apple employee (i.e. very good at what he did...but ultimately replaceable).

    Scott Forstall worked at NeXT and was one of the original OS X engineers, although he may not have held any particularly special position until after coming to Apple.
  23. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    I try to not be an alamarist, but there's something going on.
  24. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    Living in the shadow of a genius

    I suppose there was a certain allure of working with the "man" who was Steve Jobs, even if it meant putting up with his obsessions. Now these same brilliant minds are working for the "company" that is Apple. In this environment, more basal motivations like wealth or prestige can become the motivation for enduring satisfaction. Many of the key personnel have acquired wealth from their hard work but may be seeking the recognition that comes from leaving their personal footprint on society. With personal fortunes and spectacular resumes, they are poised to pursue personal interests.

    This is entirely supposition. And thankfully, there are still some who feel continuing the legacy of Apple is a supreme, worthwhile privilege.
  25. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    How about the simplest explanation: all of these people had been working at Apple for quite a while and had recently become filthy rich thanks to Apple's skyrocketing stock price, therefore making it a perfect time to retire and/or try something new?

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