Vic Gundotra, IITian and Indian executive who headed the Google+ team at Google bid his farewell with the company. Looks like Google just lost one of its dynamic and visionary executive. Gundotra is an proud alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Prior to joining Google he worked with Microsoft, handing the developers relations for the company. Gundotra joined Google in 2007 and along with Sundar Pichai, head of Android and Chrome division.Vic Gundotra has been leading Google+ since its birth that debuted nearly three years ago.Gundotra had been in charge of Google Plus as the Mountain View, California, company’s senior vice-president of social. Vic Gundotra fittingly announced his departure in a Thursday post on Google+ .
Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I’m overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry’s encouragement and support.Posted Gundotra.
Although Gundotra didn’t explain his reasons for leaving nor did he reveal what he is planning to do next.
But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An “and then”. I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.
Interestingly on the other hand Google Inc. CEO Larry Page praised Gundotra for building Google Plus from scratch in his post.
Vic — thank you for a tremendous almost eight years at Google. You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great. When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away. And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects. Then you built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion. I really enjoy using Google+ on a daily basis, especially the auto awesome movies which I really love sharing with my family and friends. Good luck with your next project after Google. In the meantime we’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.
Google confirmed that the leadership of Google+ will be taken over by VP of Engineering Dave Besbris. Horowitz joined Google in 2008 after leading Yahoo’s big acquisitions of Delicious and Flickr, and had also worked closely with Gundotra in the journey of building Google+.
Although Google+ is said to have more than 500 million users, it’s a known fact that Google+ is still having a tough time to make people use its service and increase user engagement and give a tough competition to the social media giant Facebook.