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Another Early Tumblr Employee Departs: ‘Media Evangelist’ Mark Coatney Leaves

"Though I’m happy about the decision and excited about new opportunities, it’s still bittersweet."
Mr. Coatney (Photo: Twitter)

Mr. Coatney (Photo: Twitter)

Tumblr “director/media evangelist” Mark Coatney, one of the company’s early employees and the man who built the site’s outreach team, just announced that he’s leaving the company. For those keeping score at home, that’s right on the heels of creative director Jacob Bijani’s departure.

Mr. Coatney didn’t detail his reasons for leaving in the announcement on his Tumblr, other than to say, “It’s a a good time, with Tumblr moving into a new and even better stage with Yahoo, and though I’m happy about the decision and excited about new opportunities, it’s still bittersweet.”

It doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere in particular, either. He closed the note: “Now, well, I’m a free agent, with a hungry baby to feed, so hit me up if you have any cool projects!” (Then again, since he was an early employee, we assume he’s got a little breathing room.)

Worth noting, though: He says in the post that he’ll be “joining a list of distinguished alums.” The last three names on the list: ChrisJessica and Sky, the editorial employees who were let go with Storyboard’s closure. Also, these tags read pretty ambivalent:

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We’ve reached out to Tumblr and will update if we get a comment back.

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