Menu
Vic Gundotra, who led the creation of Google+, leaves Google

Vic Gundotra, who led the creation of Google+, leaves Google

Gundotra worked at the company for nearly eight years, also serving key roles in mobile and Google I/O

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 the development of Google+, as well as Google I/O, the company's annual conference for developers. For a time Google's mobile apps also fell under his purview, including services like turn-by-turn directions.

"I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google," he said in a Google+ post announcing his departure.

He did not say exactly why he was leaving. A Google spokesman said the change takes effect immediately.

Gundotra's departure could create challenges in Google's efforts to attract users to Google+, which has struggled to compete against the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Google+ largely exists as the central platform for managing users' identity across Google's services like YouTube and Gmail. People can also use it for sharing content like they do on Facebook, but Facebook has many more active users.

To attract new users, last year Google rolled out a range of new photo editing tools for Google+.

Google CEO Larry Page, in a Google+ post of his own, said that the company would continue to build new experiences for Google+. "We'll continue working hard," he said.

Google would not comment directly on who might replace Gundotra, though a report in Re/code said that David Besbris, VP of engineering at Google, has been picked by Page to replace him. Besbris was part of the team that built Google+, according to his own Google+ profile.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business managementsocial mediainternetbusiness issuesGooglesearch enginessocial networkingpersonnelInternet-based applications and services

Brand Post

What to expect from your IT Distributor

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been around since before the dot com rollercoaster, choosing the right distribution partner can be a pivotal factor in your success. This definitive guide outlines the traits that every IT partner needs to look for in their IT Distributor.

Featured

Slideshows

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards

Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 500 technology leaders in Auckland on 21 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards
Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments