Facebook Acqui-Hires Canadian Startup Acrylic Software

Social networking giant Facebook has quietly scooped up Canadian startup Acrylic Software, an independent software design studio that specializes in creating "fun, useful, and beautiful apps for Mac and iOS."

More specifically, Facebook has acquired the talent behind Acrylic: designer Dustin MacDonald and engineer Mark Davis.

"I’m happy to announce that we’ve packed up our small Vancouver studio and will be making the move to San Francisco in the coming weeks to join the design team at Facebook," Dustin wrote on the company's blog blog. "For the past four years, we’ve worked tirelessly on creating truly awesome products with a focus on innovation and great design, and I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish during that time . . but the time has come to move on to newer and bigger challenges."

Dustin, the startup's founder, explains the decision to join Facebook:

Facebook is an invaluable service that we all use daily, and a company I believe is one of the most innovative and important around today. After visiting late last year, I discovered that we shared many of the same core product design goals and principles, and it soon became obvious that it was a natural fit. Simply put, there’s an opportunity at Facebook to have a big impact in many people’s lives. More importantly, Facebook is full of extremely talented people who will be able to help realize its full potential in the years to come.

The studio says that its products and services have not been acquired by Facebook. And while there are "no plans for further development on them," the company's two flagship apps, Wallet and Pulp, will continue to remain available for download and purchase in their current form.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

Acrylic Software
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Acrylic Software is an independent software design studio located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. We specialize in creating fun, useful, and beautiful apps for Mac and iOS. more

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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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