The founders of social music service iLike, which MySpace acquired last year,are leaving the company.'s executive team. Hadi Partovi will depart MySpace completely and his brother Ali will now work only in an advisory capacity.
The course change for these two popular executives well versed in social music comes at a bad time for MySpace. The social networker is working to stop ongoing traffic loss to Facebook and Twitter, and the Partovi brothers were expected to play a major role in any transformation. MySpace still controls ILike's tech platform and has benefited from its deal with Google search. iLike cofounder Nat Brown also remains at MySpace as head of Mobile.
When asked for comment on the departure, MySpace said in a statement:
"MySpace SVP of Technology Hadi Partovi is stepping down to pursue other opportunities. In addition to continuing his work as an advisor and angel investor to various startups, he will be following his passion for education by working directly with technology focused non-profits. Hadi leaves as a valued friend to the company, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."