Reed Sturtevant Leaves Microsoft Startup Labs

Barely two years after he joined Microsoft here in Cambridge, MA, to launch its new Startup Labs, Reed Sturtevant is leaving the company to “pursue other interests,” Microsoft announced today.

Sturtevant’s departure was part of a broader announcement that Ray Ozzie, to whom Sturtevant reported, had reorganized his group to create the new Future Social Experience (FUSE) Labs, which will be focused on social computing. The lab will be headed by Lili Cheng, and will take the Microsoft Startup Labs in Cambridge under its auspices, along with another group previously part of Ozzie’s organization, the Rich Media Labs.

“FUSE Labs’ team will explore new social, real-time and media-rich applications and services that add value to existing products, or could be released on their own,” Microsoft said in a statement. “By combining these teams under a single leader and mission, Ray believes FUSE Labs can achieve greater impact through tighter focus and a more holistic approach. “

Sturtevant is a well-known and highly respected figure in New England computing, and beyond. He was most recently CTO at Eons before joining Microsoft to start the Startup Labs, an advanced development lab meant to help explore new ideas and speed them to market.

Sturtevant declined to comment on his departure, but you can read a lot about his background here.

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