iMessage lead departs Apple for messaging startup Layer

Andrew Vyrros, formerly a senior engineer at Apple leading the team behind iMessage, has left the company to become CTO of Layer, a messaging startup. In addition to iMessage, Vyrros' team was also responsible for building and running FaceTime, Apple's Push Notification Service (PNS), and Back to My Mac. Layer aims to build a messaging platform and API that can be built into apps, and Vyrros, who actually left Apple a few months ago, says that he joined the company to help build that platform. According to Layer's blog:

But Layer offers something beyond all that. Because we're not just focusing on a single application. We're laying out a whole dang platform, something that can grow a multitude of novel apps. Leveraging the creativity of a flood of inventive and restless developers. I have no idea what you're going to do, and I can't wait to see you do it.

So, Layer interest you at all?

Source: Layer