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Dennis Woodside Departs Motorola to Take Over as COO of Dropbox

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside is departing the company to become the COO of Dropbox. I wouldn’t exactly say that you should be surprised that Woodside is departing the smartphone manufacturer after Google sent it packing to Lenovo, but the move to Dropbox is sort of. Then again, going from a mega-company like Google to somewhat of a start-up might be the hot new trend for executives. 

While Woodside was unable to turn around the losses at Motorola during his short stint, I think it’s safe to say that his staff put out one heck of a product (the Moto X) that the tech world really got behind. The positive reviews and low prices may not have helped them sell millions of phones, but it certainly seemed like they were on to something.

Dropbox recently took in $350 million in funding and have a value at somewhere near $10 billion.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the departure of one of DL’s biggest fans.

Via:  WSJ
  • danger2u

    proud to have a Moto x bamboo assembled and designed in the U.S A
    thanks Dennis for ur work

  • jmsbwmn

    Huh. That escalated quickly.

  • Seth Kwon

    Of course everyone loves Moto X because the price strategy was just so off that the company kept losing money. I wonder how many of current owners would’ve bought it at $500ish mark without discount. You can be fond of a product, but when the price is too good to believe, you get to think about the company’s sustainability.

  • trixnkix637

    I call this writing on the wall.. I’m watching with peeled eyes, but I’m not optimistic on where my next phone will be coming from.

  • MK17

    So many people are acting like their MotoX in now not as good because management changed…..

    I just checked, all the features still work.

    • trixnkix637

      It’s not the phone, but the future for it and of its successors that worries me.

    • AbbyZFresh

      It’s the future phones that are the problem. Lenovo will definitely turn Motorola around but they will definitely replace the current Moto staff, cut a lot of costs, and use cheap crappy material. And forget about OS updates, that costs money and time. Chinese coprorate culture is about making quick money and selling products as fast as they can.

  • employee

    Imagine what it feels like if you joined mototrola will high hopes and believing in these guys .

  • AbbyZFresh

    Damn it Google. You really screwed up this time. Motorola may have been bleeding money but you make more than enough profit to cover the wounds.

    First the selling of Moto, then Dennis leaving, i’m sure the rest of the executves will be leaving too and eventually the top Moto engineers will go as well.

    I love Moto and Google but now this really made me respect Google far less now. They’re too unpredictable. Moto could easily become their hardware division. Yes the OEMs would be upset but what company doesn’t take risks to make money?

    • trixnkix637

      I’m just surprised that Samsung worried Google this much..

    • Seth Kwon

      And what makes you think Google shareholders would be ok with keeping a money sucking division in the long run?

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Nothing will ever make Motorola profitable. Quit while you’re ahead.