TechCrunch founder Reid Hoffman, who was among those who lost his job at the school, has announced his resignation after nearly three decades at the engineering school.
He said he is leaving in the wake of a “long, tough, and challenging year.”
“I have a lot to offer to the technology community,” Hoffman wrote in an email to Recode.
“As a former head of engineering, I will always have an affection for the students, faculty, and staff who helped to build the company I love.
And I have a great deal of pride for the company that I helped create.
But, unfortunately, I cannot continue to serve as CEO of the company.”
TechCrunch has reported that the school closed its doors last year after its current CEO, Josh Miller, left the company to launch his own startup, the new company, Y Combinator, launched in June.
TechCrunch reported that Y Combination had raised $2.5 million in Series A funding in December.
Miller has been in a feud with Hoffman, a former Facebook executive who is the CEO of his company, since the summer of 2015.
That began when Hoffman called Miller a “cuck” and an “asshole” after the latter was fired for speaking out against Miller’s management style.
The pair had been fighting for more than a year, with Hoffman ultimately getting a $1 million severance package for speaking publicly about his feelings toward the former CEO.
But the feud intensified when Y Combed eventually launched a reverse engineering program, and Miller was promoted to CEO.
“The only thing I can say for certain is that I was treated as a tool and not as a person,” Miller said in a statement, adding that he was “shocked” and “disturbed” by Hoffman’s actions.
“As CEO, I have an obligation to everyone in the company and to my employees to ensure our culture is inclusive and welcoming.
As CEO, the company has lost a true friend and mentor.”
In his resignation letter, Hoffman said the school’s closure was the result of “a difficult year for me and our company.”
“For three years, I struggled with my own personal and professional life, and I struggled to find a place for myself,” Hoffman said.
“After nearly three years of constant work, it has become abundantly clear to me that I have grown tired of living in a bubble and cannot support myself in the present moment.
I am grateful to my fellow employees, students, and alumni who have supported me in my search for a better future.
I want to sincerely thank the people at TechCrunch for their support throughout this difficult time, and sincerely thank Reid for his time at the company.
I will miss working at TechCampus.”
In a separate letter, the school also confirmed it will continue as a reverse engineer school.