Dustin Moskovitz: Still At It

Posted on June 3, 2014


Dustin Moskovitz was born on May 22, 1984 in Gainesville, Florida. He went to Vanguard High School and graduated from the IB Diploma Program. Moskovitz attended Harvard University as an economics major where he co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg and others. He spent two years at Harvard then moved with Zuckerberg to Palo Alto and went on to work full-time on Facebook.

The project was originally called thefacebook.com and was meant as an exclusive online directory of all Harvard’s students to help residential students identify member of other residences. Zuckerberg, Hughes and Moskovitz took a year off from Harvard in June 2004 and moved Facebook’s base of operations to Palo Alto, California and hired eight employees. Moskovitz was Facebook’s first chief technology officer and then vice president of engineering. He oversaw the major architecture of the site and led the technical staff. Moskovitz was also responsible for the company’s mobile strategy and development.

With the success of Facebook Moskovitz was still at announcing on October 3, 2008 that he was leaving the company to form Asana with Justin Rosenstein, an engineering manager at Facebook.

Asana was founded due to the common frustration of Moskovitz and Rosenstien when they worked on a team. This was despite working alongside smart and organized people; too much time was spent doing “work about work”. This wasted energy –writing and reading emails, attending status meeting, and tracking down updates, slows us down, reduces our collective output and keeps us from setting larger goals.

At Facebook they built a new web application that quickly became central to Facebook’s internal coordination. As teams adopted it there were fewer meetings, the volume of email went down; they got more done with less effort. Asana was started, with a mission to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly.

Moskovitz, although a billionaire mainly from his shares at Facebook still bikes to work and lives simply and spends time and money doing charitable work.