Google Plus minus one.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive Vic Gundotra suddenly announced yesterday he is pulling up stakes and leaving for new pastures. Gundotra, ringleader of cirque- social-network Google Plus, didn't state a reason for his sudden departure -- leaving behind a whirlwind of speculation.
Bloggers -- never ones to let a non-explanation get in the way of a good story -- have been rounding up every source they can to figure out why.
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Vic Gundotra, a key executive at Google who helped to create Google+, is leaving the company, he announced on Thursday.
Gundotra worked at Google for nearly eight years, spearheading...Google+ [and] Google I/O, the company's annual conference for developers. MORE
Gundotra was not universally beloved -- internally, some of his employees referred to him as "The Vic-tator." One former Google+ team member [said] that Gundotra was a polarizing figure within the company, and that he had friction with...CEO Larry Page's inner circle of advisers. MORE
Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.
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. MORE
Gundotra will be replaced by new Dave Besbris, who currently serves as vice president of engineering.
Curiously, the position won't be filled by current Google+ product head Bradley Horowitz, who has worked on Google+ since its inception. MORE
When I asked Google+ chief @vicgundotra earlier this week whether he was leaving, he flat out said no. I should have believed my sources. MORE
A vice president of engineering is being put in charge of Google+ ... That will surely make G+ more user friendly. MORE
Despite Google's denial, it makes sense for the company to back away from Google+. The social network hasn't gained the massive userbase it would need to rival Facebook, and the aggressive integration strategy has been universally hated by users.
It also makes sense for this to be the reason for Gundotra leaving. Google+ was his baby, and when pet projects like this get canceled or don't go well, it's typical for the company and the employee to part ways. MORE