MySpace is losing Ali and Hadi Partovi, co-founders of iLike, according to internal memos picked up by AllThings D. The two came aboard with MySpace's acquisition of iLike in August 2009.
Ali served as senior VP of business development and Hadi was senior VP of technology. Ali will stick around in a "strategic advisor" role. While significant, their departure is not wholly unexpected. Both are serial entrepreneurs with investments in other startups, although the exact nature of their next move is unclear.
An excerpt of the memo from co-presidents Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn follows:
Hadi and Ali were instrumental in integrating iLike's best in class technology into the MySpace brand. Last week's successful Events launch was a direct result of that collaboration. Other noteworthy product integrations include last year's Google Music Search integration and the Local Concerts App, which is currently the most downloaded concerts app for the iPhone and was featured in one of Apple's latest iPhone TV spots.
The positive spin for MySpace is that several of the Partovi's underlings will remain (at least for now) at MySpace to manage these services that iLike brought to the company, specifically events and mobile. The iLike platform is a strong component of MySpace's recently announced events and ticketing strategy, and iLike alum Marcus Womack is remaining to manage that service as director of events and ticketing. Additionally, iLike chief technology officer Nat Brown is remaining at MySpace Music's head of mobile. iLike's mobile technology and services were a key element of the iLike acquisition.