Vic Gundotra Leaves Google, where will he go next?

Vic Gundotra’s departure from Google has hit the news today.  One day after Facebook announces record profits.  A coincidence or time to change to someone who can compete against Facebook?  It’s time to loop back to some ex-Microsoft friends who I worked with and reported to Vic at Microsoft and exchange some views.  Many of us have a different view of Vic working in his organization at Microsoft than his bigger than Life at Google.

New York Times (blog)


Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Leaving Company

Re/code-2 hours agoShare
Vic Gundotra, who aggressively led Google into the social world with the creation of Google+, is leaving the company. A Google spokesperson ...

Re/code hints at some of the issues.

Key to Gundotra’s often pugnacious approach with Google+ was the wonky idea of “circles,” where people could define who they want to share information with in different contexts, rather than all relationships being equal and two-sided, like Facebook’s notion of friends.


While no Facebook killer, Google+ has most definitely become a powerful sharing and identification tool for users and, most of all, for Google. It, along with the success of Google I/O, also vaulted Gundotra into the powerful inner circle of Page, from which he now departs.

Where will Vic go next?  Re/code closes asking the same.

On his Google+ page, Gundotra’s introduction notes: “Fell in love with the power of software at age 11, and am still in love.” But in love with what now?

Presumably, we’ll see soon enough.