- One of Snap’s first 20 employees, Chloe Drimal, has left the company.
- She was behind the initial launch of Snapchat’s “Our Stories” feature.
- Tim Sehn, Snap senior VP of engineering and another one of the company’s first 20 employees, resigned last week.
Chloe Drimal, one of Snap’s first 20 employees and the early architect of a key Snapchat feature, has left the company, Business Insider has learned.
Drimal left Snap recently after working there for more than four years, according to a source familiar with her departure. A Snap spokesperson confirmed her departure but declined to comment further. Drimal didn’t respond to a request for comment.
While she never rose to Snap’s executive ranks, Drimal was an early and influential figure in the company who at one point managed dozens of people working on Snapchat’s “Our Stories” feature, which shows crowdsourced videos in the app for events like concerts and sports games.
Drimal worked on special projects in Snap’s content division after former News Corp. exec Nick Bell was brought on as VP of Content in 2014. She was also actively involved in Snap’s employee diversity efforts.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel hired Drimal after she graduated from Yale in 2013 and penned a blog post in the student newspaper about how Snapchat was becoming a “phenomenon” among young people.
“I think Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, understood our generation when he put a time limit on a picture message,” she wrote in a December 2012 op-ed. “Maybe he didn’t mean to, but he took technology backwards a bit, bringing us a little closer to what real human interaction is supposed be. It’s supposed to be a memory, not something tangible.”
While most of Snap’s first 20 employees still work at the company, Drimal isn’t the first person on the list to depart since Snap’s initial public offering earlier this year. Early employee and senior VP of engineering Tim Sehn resigned last week.
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