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Vic Gundotra Leaves Google

Vic Gundotra, VP at Google and master of all things Google+, announced today that he is leaving the company after 8 years. Gundotra announced the move himself in a post on Google+, stating that it is “time for a new journey,” although, he also mentioned that now isn’t the “day to talk about” specifics of that. Instead, Gundotra wants to celebrate his past 8 years with the people he worked with at Google. 

Re/code has added some depth to the move, noting that VP of engineering Dave Besbris is rumored to be the next in line to run Google+ and fill Gundotra’s role. Larry Page has reportedly confirmed that the departure is immediate.

Gundotra is best known for his work with Google+, helping both create and then turn the once “ghost town” of a social network into a thriving platform that has 300 million active users. Google enthusiasts may also know him from his time on stage at Google I/O conferences, often taking subtle jabs at the competition whenever a new Android feature is unveiled. His personality is pretty addictive – the man always seems so calm, yet passionate.

No one knows exactly where Gundotra will end up, if he already has another job lined up, or if he is simply going to take some time to reflect on life. In his departure post, he mentioned the recent passing of his wife’s uncle, along with a story from the uncle’s daughter about life and what you are doing next. I guess we will just have to wait to see what that is.

Via:  +Vic Gundotra | Recode
  • AbbyZFresh

    It’s about time. Hopefully Google finally kills their failure of a product and returns YouTube back to normal

  • Aaron C

    Next, they should get rid of whomever has been designing the Google GUIs for the last year or so and removing all the useful functionality.

  • What he did for google+ everybody knows better because on which position google+ is only due to his hard work. But I am bewildered about the new person(Dave Besbris) who is taking on the position.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    This is fantastic if it means we can get less animated snowflake crap and more usable features in G+. I’m not sure if he is the mouth breather currently in charge over there, but if so, good riddance.

  • Nick

    “thriving platform that has 300 million active users” – huh? what qualifies as an “active” user? forcing someone to accidentally visit Google+ through all the forced integration all over every android phone and google website (youtube, gmail, gchat, etc). i wouldn’t say Google+ is anywhere near thriving.

    • Guest

      A lot of people probably use the G+ automatic photo backup.

      • 100gb

        • Nathan D

          It’s actually unlimited if you’re fine with 4-megapixel photos.

          • That, I’m not okay with. Lol. This are mostly photos from my S4 (13mp) and my Nikon D5100 (16 or whatever mp it is).

      • Aaron C

        80GB. Yep. They got me, then they forced me to G+.

  • Dr. Steve

    Microsoft 2.0

  • I will miss all his vacation photos of his kids.

    • Dr. Steve


    • They are seriously good photos.

  • NexusMan

    I really liked Gundotra.

  • JackofSpades

    Is Google dying? What’s with all the high profile departures since Larry took over?

  • Ethan Besbris

    Do… Do… What?

    • Ethan Besbris
    • JBartcaps

      This whole post is funny, you took a screenshot of Droid-Life then posted it to Facebook, then took a screenshot of your Facebook post and then you posted here at Droid-Life and then upvoted yourself and finally replied to yourself with a G+ post, geez dude

      BTW, it took me awhile to figure out what was going on

      • Justin W

        You just confused me for a few minutes there… I didn’t een realize it was the same person in the screenshot until about two minutes in to attempting to figure out what was going on.

      • JonathonFlores

        He’s also incognito… Hmmmm

        • Ethan Besbris

          I use incognito at work, lol. Shared workstation.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Good Luck VIC!

  • AbbyZFresh

    Good. Google+ was simply too late to the market and the layout is honestly trash. I wish the guy all the best and his attempted efforts to improve the site.

    • Ryan Gullett

      G+ was never made to be a real social media site. Hate to break it to you.

      • Sean Walton

        I was going to post the same thing lol.

      • d-rock

        And not to mention, I would much rather social network on G+ than facebook. At least I can share stuff with ONLY specific people and nobody else can see.

      • Justin W

        Wasn’t it’s main goal to attract photographers?

        • Ryan Gullett

          Lol no. Those are all tricks to get people to sign up. Its to track online behavior in online profiles. When you have a G+ account, Google sees who you are and what you do across its services ( maps, gmail, youtube etc), even if you never once return to the social network itself.

          • normmcgarry

            Not just across their services. Everywhere. They know every page you go to that contains a +1 button (assuming you are logged in when you visit). They could care less about the “social” aspect. The “Like” button by Facebook was the most amazing piece of intrusion of privacy ever created.

  • tharealoc

    What is going on within our beloved Google?

    • JimmyHACK

      Departures are normal for any company.

      • The Narrator

        This. Same goes for gaming companies/developers. Gotta love everyone like ” OMG NAUGHTY DOG IS FAILING TERRIBLY WHAT IS WRONG”

        • JimmyHACK

          YES! People don’t remember when many people left ND after PS2. But now 3 people leave and it’s OMG!!! Manufactured Gaming Press Hysteria!! 🙂

          • JoshGroff

            When I think of Naughty Dog, all that comes to mind is Crash Bandicoot 1-3.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Good, maybe Google will quit bugging me about joining Google+ and stop trying to force it on me. I actually thought about trying to use Hangouts again the other day once I saw there was a significant update pending. I found out that you have to have a Google+ account to send a photo via Hangouts. Really, Google? Guess I won’t be using Hangouts after all.

        • Aaron C

          It’s horrible how app-by-app we’ve had to accept Google+ or basically give up all functionality. I used to be an enthusiastic Google/Android user. These days I am a resentful Google/Android user. Today’s Google feels more like I imagine Apple to be. Unfortunately, there is no alternative (no, I’m not going Ubuntu or Windows phone or — gasp — Blackberry). Where’s my Treo?

    • michael arazan

      Hope Sergi didn’t steal his woman too….

  • The Narrator

    There goes any hope for YouTube comments to be fixed, lame.

    • Smashley

      I don’t venture into YT comments very often. What’s up with them?

      • The Narrator

        Google+ integration bullsh!t, bunch of other things

        • turdbogls

          still dont see what the big deal is. if you are afraid someone is going to retaliate because of one of your comments, chances are you shouldn’t post the comment any way.

          then again, I’m not one to bash someone just for the sake of having fun….i get that youtube started out this way (they comments were almost always terrible things that normally wouldn’t get said face to face) but IMO, its a good thing they put faces with comments…keeps it a bit more civilized.

          hate on.

          • The Narrator

            Way to jump to assumptions. Making me make an account for something just to comment on a video is ridiculous. No matter how you look at it.

          • Ian

            Lol you have to make an account to comment on just about anything anymore. I guess you could say it makes you more accountable, pun intended.

          • The Narrator

            Not really, so I don’t see the point.

          • Ian

            Not surprising.

          • The Narrator

            You said “more accountable” not sure how that fits. Not like everybody puts their lives on the internet, and if you do, that’s a problem.

          • Ian

            Not so much lives. But if Google ties youtube comments to G+ profiles which tie to gmail addresses, do people who make less than constructive comments really want to create a new gmail each time they want comment on a new video because their accounts get blocked?

            The anonymity is still possible, but takes more work, hence the complaints.

          • turdbogls

            where DONT you need to make an account to comment on something these days? Disqus solves that to some extent (no Droid Life account here) but you still have to make an account.

          • Arty McBert

            Sounds like something a Google shill would say. Nothing can prevent people from easily creating phony accounts if they want to flame. Google has ruined YouTube and continually worsens it. I can’t wait for a new video website that catches on like wildfire to give YouTube real competition, much like how Android caught and gave iOS serious competition, and bring it to its knees. When that happens, Google will either get its crap together or YouTube can go ahead and die (good riddance too).

          • BillySuede

            you’ll be waiting for a while.

            that’s a bad analogy too. better one is facebook v. g+. google plus arguably may be the better network in terms of privacy and control but facebook has the ubiquity, the name recognition and more users while google plus is at best seen as a niche product, at worst useless.

            in youtube’s case, you go where the eyes are and everyone goes to youtube because chances are that the video you’re looking for is there and they have clearance with the rightsholders which sites like vimeo and dailymotion oftentimes don’t and if they do, the selection is less robust than youtube.

            at the end of the day, you don’t like it, don’t use it. decreasing market-share will spark more concern at google than mini-diatribes on a tech blog that a minority of techies read on a daily basis.

          • Justin W

            No, it’s got to do with this whole “anonymity” thing or something. I personally enjoy G+ integration into my comments on Youtube, but that’s because I can then actually get notified when I get a reply instead of getting nothing. The structure still needs to change, however.