As Twitter Goes To War With Its Developers, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue Quits The Board

Flipboard CEO Mike McCueFlipboard CEO Mike McCue is off the Twitter board

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Flipboard CEO Mike McCue has left Twitter’s board of directors.He just tweeted his thanks to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and cofounders Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey.

AllThingsD’s Mike Isaac first reported McCue’s departure earlier today in a long piece about Twitter’s troubled relations with third-party developers whose products rely on publishing tweets.

That’s a group that includes Flipboard, whose news reader displays headlines featured on its users’ Twitter timelines.

McCue joined Twitter’s board as a compromise between Twitter and one of its investors, the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Kleiner wanted to put John Doerr, its lead partner, on Twitter’s board—but Twitter balked because Doerr is on the board of Google, which is now competing aggressively with Twitter.

McCue, whose company is also backed by Kleiner, was an acceptable candidate to both sides. But as Twitter started to increasingly duplicate Flipboard’s key feature—a well-designed presentation of news articles, photos, and videos on mobile devices—the relationship grew tense.

The question now: Will Kleiner get to appoint a replacement? We’ve asked Kleiner and Twitter for comment but haven’t heard back.

One obvious candidate: Mary Meeker, the well-respected Internet analyst who oversees Kleiner’s investment in Twitter. She’s currently on the board of Square, the payments startup founded by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey. 

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