Top Google Exec Leaving, But for What?
The rumor mill blossomed with speculation today after word broke that a key Google executive has decided to leave the company. The move immediately raised questions about a possible transition to Apple although good luck finding any shred of evidence to suggest that this will actually happen.
In fact, as far as we can tell, there are no signs that Vic Gundotra, a member of Google's executive team and a pioneer of the Google+ social networking service, will be heading to Cupertino any time soon.
Following eight years with the Internet search giant, Gundotra confirmed on Thursday (via a Google+ post) that he is leaving Google. Prior to 2007, the outgoing Google exec spent 15 years at Microsoft.
"I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google," Gundotra wrote this afternoon. "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."
Google boss Larry Page publicly wished Gundotra well in his next venture, referring only to his "next project." Unless "next project" is code for Apple (and we highly doubt it is), don't expect to see Gundotra working for the competition any time soon.