Delicious founder and angel investor Joshua Schachter announced he was leaving Google after a year and several months as an engineer there. Schachter and his team sold social bookmarking service Delicious to Yahoo! (then del.icio.us) in 2005 and he remained at Yahoo until mid-2008. He left, apparently, due to dissatisfaction with the direction Yahoo was taking Delicious.
Both TechCrunch and Silicon Alley Insider say they asked Schachter for comment and he said that he’s leaving voluntarily. “I felt like doing something new” is the quote that appears in both places. He said the same in a message to Search Engine Land editor in chief Danny Sullivan.
That he feels “sad” about leaving is interesting. Given his visibility and history it probably won’t take Schatcher long to land somewhere else — or funding for a new startup.