Vic Gundotra came to Google eight years ago after a stint at Microsoft, but today he has announced the end of his tenure at the company. While he didn't cite any specific plans, Gundotra had nothing but kind words for Google and its management. CEO Larry Page even took the time to comment on Gundotra's Google+ post to wish him well.


Gundotra is perhaps best known to the Android community from his appearances on stage at Google I/O. He's one of those rare individuals who can talk about highly technical subjects in an engaging way. Before taking the reins of Google's troubled social initiatives in the wake of Buzz, Gundotra was VP of engineering responsible for developer evangelism and open source programs (like Android). We were all a little worried to see him move into his role as Google's social czar, but Google+ seems to have benefited immensely from his stewardship.

The speculation will run rampant as it always does, but Gundotra isn't talking about the future right now. Feel free to check out Vic's heartfelt post and wish him well.

Update: It's official – Google Vice President of Engineering Dave Besbris is taking over Google+.

[+Vic Gundotra]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Munah Ahmed

    And then Artem was all like who will host IO

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      And then Artem was really like "YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M LIKE."

      • WORPspeed

        And then Munah Ahmed was all like: "Forgive me your Artemness"

    • veRdiKt

      and then Artem was like "I miss Hugo and Vic"

  • skitchbeatz

    Gundotra always had swag.

    • pam852

      My Uncle Gabriel got a stunning blue Dodge
      Charger SRT8 from only workin part time on a home pc... hop over to here C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

      • NathanDrago

        Wait a sec, I'm trying to write down all of your aunts and uncles, as I can see on your profile. Let's see...
        Uncle Nathaniel
        Uncle Michael
        Uncle Zachary
        Aunty Sienna
        Aunty Arianna
        Uncle Caleb
        Aunty Julia
        Uncle Connor
        Aunty Eva
        Uncle Isaac
        Uncle Aaron
        Aunty Grace
        Aunty Amelia
        Uncle Aiden
        Uncle Jacob
        Uncle Harrison
        Uncle James
        Uncle Gabriel

        ...my congratulations to mom and dad!!

  • jj14x

    Vic, I wish you da very best! (but just don't get associated with that fruity company in any way)

    • East

      He still can choose the 'other' social network company.. or tiles company

  • hot_spare

    He got sick of trolling everyone with G+.

    //ghost town

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      We must be using different G+'s then.

    • Whyzor

      Yup, all the Google Voice / Hangouts promises, nothing delivered on Android. And iOS version moved even faster in the meantime. People need to see past the surface of tech celebrities.

      • hoosiercub88

        I don't recall there actually being any promises made, and I'm also not sure how that's entirely relevant to this article at all.

        • Whyzor

          Don't expect any large company to announce "This senior executive was fired because of that." It's all made to look as pleasant as possible to the public. A big clue is when there's no hint of future plans for the departing person.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Damn, I/O will be weird without him.

  • Nicholas Polydor

    I always found Gundotra engaging during presentations and interviews: he seemed relatable and articulate and also possessed a sharp sense of humour. He came across as someone who you'd want to hang out with socially outside of work, as well. The only negative comment I've ever read about him was that he had regular screaming matches with Phil Schiller at Apple during the early years of Android.

    Yet I know that Gundotra, even as a former Microsoft employee, was a big fan of Apple and a fan of the iPhone to such an extent that prior to this scuffle he saw no reason for Google to develop Android. I read that he decided to enter the world of mobile when he realised that people of his daughter's generation see smartphones as the crucial research tool. It seems strange that he would leave a company with the most-widely-used smartphone apps and a plethora of exciting Google X projects - with Google+ as the connective fulcrum - but I would wager that it is extremely likely that his next venture will be mobile focused.

  • #BEBEBEloved

    It's Duarte's turn to star in I/O!! finally!!

    • holoyolo

      Or leave, seeing how many high profile people seem to be fleeing Google.

      • WORPspeed

        Seems to me like Google could use some fresh talent.....where do I sign up? :D

      • bot71651

        Yeah, what's up with that?

  • Taylor00

    Bummer, best of luck to him.

  • Gooname

    What's with all the big departures from Google lately? Is Google dying? Since Sergey took over, it seems like people are running for the door.

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      Since Larry took over* - And no, Google isn't dying and no one is running out the door. Looks like Vic left on good terms and Hugo left due to complications with his love life within Google.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Having Sergey as CEO would be a nightmare. Just look at what he did with Google Glass.

  • Milton

    Destroy g+ too please, that has to be the flaw of this century

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr


      • Calvin Uijlen

        +1, he forget the /s

    • Milton P.

      How dare you to use my name for such profanity?

      Wash your mouth with soap.

      • Milton

        My name and content were here before yours, like all Google products, g+ is nothing but crap

        • Gaurav Arora

          Butt hurt is real strong with this one.
          Also, G+ is doing just fine...

          • hoosiercub88

            In fact, G+ is doing magnificently well.

  • dpneal

    Google+ will continue to thrive, but he has done a great job.

  • AndyXS

    Even in a cozy and friendly environment deadlines have to be met. Rumour has it, that the Goggle+ team failed to include proper Chromecast support for the US and the Euro go-live...

    • hoosiercub88

      Where do we get Goggle+? Is that sort've like Google Glass?

  • AbbyZFresh

    Good. I wish the guy all the best but he was too late to the market. In 2011 most people and business were already firmly established in FB and were not willing to move anywhere else(don't mention Instagram as it is part of FB). Plus the layout is still kind of ugly.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      FB didn't buy Instagram until 2012-and it was already a huge success by then.

    • Sir_Brizz

      Except Facebook has been going downhill for lots of people, and there are billions of SEO companies out there anxious to get you on G+ to increase your page ranking (because it actually does help with that).

    • SES21

      & that wasn't Vic's fault! Eric Schmidt has already admitted he blew it on social.

  • fahima be

    sad to see vic leave :(

  • Tomáš Petrík

    First Hugo, now Vic... it will be a weird and sad I/O.

  • Adrien Assadian

    aaaand Dave Debris will pick up the pieces (i'll let myself out.)

  • fahadayaz

    He's probably going to join OnePlus.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Wasn't it in the run up to IO last year that several Googlers just suddenly left?

  • AbbyZFresh

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

    • hoosiercub88

      Yeah about that, no.

  • A2theC

    He worked for Google (rich), wants to spend time (money) away from work (stress). Good for him.

  • Marc_Razia

    I see a lot of people are latching on to Vic's departure to assume it means something negative for G+. We get it, you hate Google or G+.

    Yet all I hear when I see so many people trying to inject meaning into something that they cannot possibly know (as no real details have been released) all I see is a lot of silly angst.

    For whatever reason some folks are so emotionally against the idea of G+ succeeding that they can't seem to cope with the fact that others do use and enjoy the service.

    The head of a department leaving doesn't indicate a negative any more than Rubin leaving as head of Android indicated its demise..quite the opposite in fact.

    Maybe you need to stop assuming negative press equates with reality as all indications are that G+ continues to grow at a steady rate.

    And how about some perspective. G+ is not even three years old and its a solid number 2 social. Facebook took 4 years to even catch MySpace.