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Vic Gundotra, an outspoken member of Google's executive team who spearheaded the company's Google+ social networking service and oversaw its early mobile applications, has left the company after an 8-year tenure, he announced on Thursday.




Appropriately, Gundotra announced his departure via his official Google+ account, where the executive said he's headed on a "new journey," but declined to say where he might end up. In addition to creating Google+ and being responsible for the company's initial mobile applications initiatives, Gundotra also started the annual Google I/O conference, where the company historically has unveiled advancements to its Android mobile operating system.

It was at Google I/O in 2010 that Gundotra and Google came out swinging against rival Apple, comparing the iPhone maker to "Big Brother." The comments were a reference to Apple's iconic "1984" advertisement, which itself was an allusion to George Orwell's classic novel of a dystopian future.

"If Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice," Gundotra said in 2010. "That's a future we don't want."



Prior to joining Google in 2007, Gundotra spend 15 years at Microsoft, where he eventually became the company's general manager of platform evangelism.

Google Chief Executive Larry Page responded publicly with a note to Gundotra thanking him for his tenure at the company, and wishing him luck on his "next project."




"You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great," Page wrote. "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."

The CEO also vowed that Google will continue to bring "great new experiences" for members of Google+.
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Wow. I wonder where he's headed next?

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Hey, isn't he the guy from HBO's Silicon Valley? 1wink.gif
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Funny, I don't even remember registering on Google Insider.

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Vic is an great guy, I've met him a few times at Google io the guy is passionate about everything he does and will go out of his way to meet and talk to you. Big lost, can't wait to see what he does next.
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Wow, this is the guy I liked most at Google. Notice how none of the headlines insinuate that he's leaving Google because he believes the company is doomed, or because of internal strife that could tear the company apart- like the rumors that prop up after anyone leaves Apple, even after 30 years (like Christie)
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Google is not a success story. Not a total failure at best.
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Google is not a success story. Not a total failure at best.

 

What are you talking about?

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He won't be missed!

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SHOCKERRRR!

Dont tell me he will revamp iTunes Ping!

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Funny, I don't even remember registering on Google Insider.

Why is there ALWAYS someone who posts a message like this whenever AI has an article that is clearly relevant to its readership and to the world that Apple exists in, just because the article isn't specifically about Apple themselves?  Why must these people be so pedantic about what type of articles THEY think are suitable to appear on AI?

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Google is doomed I tell ya
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Google is not a success story. Not a total failure at best.

Come on! That isn't fair. By all measures Google is a major success story. You have to be an excessively biased Yahoo or have Binged your head really hard not to acknowledge even one of Google's achievements.

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Let me see: Google+ is a graveyard, and the app development process for Android still -- let alone in its early stages -- has a lot of difficulty getting native apps for tablets, and this guy's considered 'great' and 'amazing'?!

 

I think it's a polite firing.

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Why is this on APPLEinsider? Why should I care about some evil Google guy?
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Why is this on APPLEinsider? Why should I care about some evil Google guy?

Because he might come to Apple? Read between the lines, my friend

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"If Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice," Gundotra said in 2010. "That's a future we don't want."

So theft was the answer.

This sounds like the "tech Robin Hood" philosophy that Google spouts. Like pushing to make it legal to seize key Apple-held mobile patents by declaring them "equivalent to" SEP.

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Well, Google+ has fallen from the sky like a sack of s*** and hasn't made any ground on FaceBook since its release, despite FaceBook being terrible. When someone sees this guy, look for the big boot print on his ass.

 

As Steve Jobs said, don't copy, do it differently.

 

Google+ was a too-late-copy of FaceBook that was badly managed.

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Google+ was a too-late-copy of FaceBook that was badly managed.

 

It only remains at all because of the shoehorning into YouTube. Shows how much the average person actually cares to change when confronted with what’s wrong.

 

Insert political commentary here.

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So theft was the answer.

This sounds like the "tech Robin Hood" philosophy that Google spouts. Like pushing to make it legal to seize key Apple-held mobile patents by declaring them "equivalent to" SEP.

Reminds me of a scene — which I can't find on YouTube — from the Amy & Amiability episode of Blackadder The Third.

BALDRICK
My favourite's the Shadow. What a man! They say he's half way to being the new Robin Hood.

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Why only half way?

BALDRICK
Well he steals from the rich, but he hasn't gotten round to giving it to the poor yet.

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I really hope Vic does not join Apple now. Please, go to MSFT.

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So theft was the answer.

This sounds like the "tech Robin Hood" philosophy that Google spouts. Like pushing to make it legal to seize key Apple-held mobile patents by declaring them "equivalent to" SEP.

As far as I know Google didn't mention Apple. AI was the one inserting them in the discussion surmising their suggestion could apply to something like touch event patents owned by Apple. There were others that thought Google was looking more at Microsoft with patents like the ones on FAT and Web Browser Image Loading. That made more sense really as it's Microsoft going after Android licensees with "secret patents" that supposedly speak to long-time basic computer tech.
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"If Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice," Gundotra said in 2010. "That's a future we don't want."
 
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So theft was the answer.

This sounds like the "tech Robin Hood" philosophy that Google spouts. Like pushing to make it legal to seize key Apple-held mobile patents by declaring them "equivalent to" SEP.

 

Yeah, what a hilarious statement. Google seems completely ok though that Samsung is utterly dominating the Android world, in which its the only company making any profit, sucking the life out of everyone else. But hey, its running Android, so that makes it ok. 

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Yeah, what a hilarious statement. Google seems completely ok though that Samsung is utterly dominating the Android world, in which its the only company making any profit, sucking the life out of everyone else. But hey, its running Android, so that makes it ok. 

I think there's plenty of evidence that Google finds Samsung's dominance unnerving and not what they envisioned.
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Well, Google+ has fallen from the sky like a sack of s*** and hasn't made any ground on FaceBook since its release, despite FaceBook being terrible. When someone sees this guy, look for the big boot print on his ass.

 

As Steve Jobs said, don't copy, do it differently.

 

Google+ was a too-late-copy of FaceBook that was badly managed.

I recommend reading http://arstechnica.com/business/2011/06/inside-google-how-the-search-giant-plans-to-go-social/ - it's an incredibly interesting insight into Google's motivation with G+. For Vic Gundotra, social integration was a 'bet-the-company' move, and despite the failure of G+ as a social network, in other ways Emerald Sea (the codename for the G+ project) is a huge success.

 

Emerald Sea was (and still is) about more than just making a 'Google Facebook' - it's about tying all their products together into a single cohesive whole. In the past few years, we've seen the introduction of a much more cohesive design across Google, unified logins, use of data from one product to power another (Google Now and package tracking is a good example) and more, and a lot of that can be traced back to Gundotra's work. He's done a hell of a lot for Google, and it's very surprising to see him go.

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"You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great," Page wrote. "When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away.
 

 

This copy of Nokia's N95 software also blew Apple away, for good and prompted Google to use a killswitch to remove it from European users who enabled it before big brother Google allowed it.

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Well, Google+ has fallen from the sky like a sack of s*** and hasn't made any ground on FaceBook since its release, despite FaceBook being terrible. When someone sees this guy, look for the big boot print on his ass.

 

As Steve Jobs said, don't copy, do it differently.

 

Google+ was a too-late-copy of FaceBook that was badly managed.

 

I thought it was a copy of Ping.

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Google is not a success story. Not a total failure at best.

Yeah, sometimes I forget they're terrific at web searches.

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It only remains at all because of the shoehorning into YouTube. Shows how much the average person actually cares to change when confronted with what’s wrong.

 

Insert political commentary here.

 

One of the reasons I deleted my gmail account after 10 years, that and it stopped working very well after they dumped Activsync.

 

They were alright when they came out of Stanford in the nineties, when I started introducing and promoting Google search to others.

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As far as I know Google didn't mention Apple. AI was the one inserting them in the discussion surmising their suggestion could apply to something like touch event patents owned by Apple.

Not AI. And you're missing the point--it's still an attempt to separate patents from their owners. Apple counsel Bruce Sewell responded to Google's (ahem) "suggestion" (your softball words) in an open letter, which is quoted in the article that I linked. In any case, AI was just regurgitating what John P wrote for AllThingsD, so it was not AI who inserted them into the discussion.

Do you really believe that if Google omitted specifically mentioning Apple or its patents that Apple would be magically exempted from this "patent seizure" (my term for it)?

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Vic is an great guy, I've met him a few times at Google io the guy is passionate about everything he does and will go out of his way to meet and talk to you. Big lost, can't wait to see what he does next.

The guy was a complete fucking idiot, who said the stupidest things.  I wouldn't be surprised if they showed him the door.

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Well, Google+ has fallen from the sky like a sack of s*** and hasn't made any ground on FaceBook since its release, despite FaceBook being terrible. When someone sees this guy, look for the big boot print on his ass.

As Steve Jobs said, don't copy, do it differently.

Google+ was a too-late-copy of FaceBook that was badly managed.
I recommend reading http://arstechnica.com/business/2011/06/inside-google-how-the-search-giant-plans-to-go-social/ - it's an incredibly interesting insight into Google's motivation with G+. For Vic Gundotra, social integration was a 'bet-the-company' move, and despite the failure of G+ as a social network, in other ways Emerald Sea (the codename for the G+ project) is a huge success.

Emerald Sea was (and still is) about more than just making a 'Google Facebook' - it's about tying all their products together into a single cohesive whole. In the past few years, we've seen the introduction of a much more cohesive design across Google, unified logins, use of data from one product to power another (Google Now and package tracking is a good example) and more, and a lot of that can be traced back to Gundotra's work. He's done a hell of a lot for Google, and it's very surprising to see him go.

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Well, Google+ has fallen from the sky like a sack of s*** and hasn't made any ground on FaceBook since its release, despite FaceBook being terrible. When someone sees this guy, look for the big boot print on his ass.

 

As Steve Jobs said, don't copy, do it differently.

 

Google+ was a too-late-copy of FaceBook that was badly managed.

Exactly and it started with a captive audience of (at least) 10s of millions of gmail users.  Google+ is almost a big a flop as Ping (was that the name of Apple's music thing?).  

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The guy was a complete fucking idiot, who said the stupidest things.  I wouldn't be surprised if they showed him the door.

 

If that were the case, Vic should have fit right into the C suites...

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Oh well, I wonder who is going to anchor Google I/O now...

He probably missed a key delivery for this year's I/O and pissed off the board.

Perhaps he can join Jugo Barra at Xiaomi or he could work for Samsung.

But then again he is a multi millionaire so he could day-trade. :)

Time will tell.

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"It was at Google I/O in 2010 that Gundotra and Google came out swinging against rival Apple, comparing the iPhone maker to 'Big Brother.'"

Incredibly brash, since there is no company on the planet more akin to Big Brother than Google.

Google is always watching.
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"It was at Google I/O in 2010 that Gundotra and Google came out swinging against rival Apple, comparing the iPhone maker to 'Big Brother.'"

Incredibly brash, since there is no company on the planet more akin to Big Brother than Google.

Google is always watching.

LOL. True.

It would be like if the nazis compared their enemies to nazis, and failed to see the irony in that.

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Come on! That isn't fair. By all measures Google is a major success story. You have to be an excessively biased Yahoo or have Binged your head really hard not to acknowledge even one of Google's achievements.
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Google should be Google + in my original comment.

 

In fact, Google has annoyed many users (such as YouTube users) by requiring them to sign up for Google +. I think part of the reason he get fired is there are so many YouTube users' complaints.


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LOL. True.

It would be like if the nazis compared their enemies to nazis, and failed to see the irony in that.

 

Hey, it's working.  They have the Fandroids fooled.  And the media.  And investors.

 

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