Google’s Vic Gundotra has been instrumental in the success of Google+ by converting it from a barren wasteland of people to one of the thriving places on the internet. Sure, it’s no match to major players like Twitter or Facebook, but to have 300 million users in under 3 years is a commendable feat for the platform indeed.
But to our astonishment, he has now announced his departure from the company, with Google confirming that this move will take effect immediately. It’s not clear if Gundotra has left the company to pursue other opportunities or just to take a break from it all, but he hasn’t mentioned any future plans, claiming that it’s not the right day to discuss that.
He was obviously very appreciative of the people he worked with for over 8 years. It is now being reported that David Besbris, who is the VP of Engineering for Google+ will take Gundotra’s position.
It will certainly be interesting to see what Gundotra has on his plate in the future, considering that he was one of the faces of Google at almost every event held by the company. His departure just a couple of months prior to the I/O event has certainly come as a surprise to us. What’s your take on this news? Sound off in the comments below.