Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president who also happens to be the man behind Google+, has tendered his resignation after almost eight years working for the tech giant.
Gundotra announced his departure from Google in a post on his personal Google+ page, thanking the people who helped build the “other” social network.
“This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many,” he posted. “The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn’t tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.”
Born and educated in Mumbai, India, the 45-year-old Gundotra joined Microsoft in 1991, rising from the ranks to become general manager of platform evangelism. He also worked on different versions of Windows, as well as creating the platform that became the .Net Framework.
Vic Gundotra moved to Google in 2006. Since a non-compete agreement on his Microsoft contract prohibited him from working in a rival company for a year, he spent his free time on philanthropy.
Over at Mountain View, Gundotra worked on developer relations and mobile apps. He also oversaw projects, such as the defunct Google Buzz and the successful Google I/O developer conference, before venturing to working on a project that became Google+, the company’s attempt in social media.
Google’s CEO Larry Page left a comment on Gundotra’s resignation post. “There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like (Google+) and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion.”
Other comments on the post wished him “Good luck” on his future endeavors. What those endeavors be? Only Vic knows.
“I am excited about what’s next,” we wrote. “But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is the day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cryc. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.”
Source: The Register
Image source: Vic Gundotra/ Google+