Vic Gundotra, credited by Google CEO Larry Page for being the person who “built Google+ from nothing”, has officially announced, in a post on his Google+ page, his departure from Google after almost 8 years of work with the company.
Gundotra initially worked as a leader for Google’s mobile and developer relations teams, after 15 years at Microsoft, before taking on the challenge of building up Google’s attempt at a social network after the company’s Buzz project failed. At Google+, Gundotra was one of the progenitors of the “circles” concept as well as being a big lobbyist of a photo-centric Google+ to attract more users. Gundotra also helped to build Google’s I/O conference.
In his blog post, Gundotra thanked Page for “empowering” him to do all that he has done at Google saying, “None of this would have happened without Larry’s encouragement and support.” He also thanked the Google+ team crediting them for being “a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many” and calling them “invincible dreamers.”
Page also thanked Gundotra for his work at Google saying, “You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great. 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. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion,” he goes on to say, “Good luck with your next project after Google. In the meantime we’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.”
Gundotra did not reveal what his next plans are only saying, “Now is the time for a new journey. A continuation… I am excited about what’s next,” but Google has also confirmed that Dave Besbris, VP of Engineering for Google+, will be taking Gundotra’s place at the head of Google+.