Interesting, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft, Business 2.0 says, to take a year off and then head to Google.
Vic is the guy who hired me into Microsoft and is one of the people who made me believe. I will never forget his pitch to me to join Microsoft: “this might be good for your career.”
Thanks Vic for everything and good luck in your future career.
Brain drain at Microsoft?
Is there a brain drain going on at Microsoft? It sure looks that way but keep in mind that Vic and I didn’t write code. We didn’t make the products.
Those of us who — whether deserved or not — become public faces of companies can wildly change the perceptions of those companies.
There are 60,000+ people working at Microsoft. Not two or three. Or even 15.
What’s ironic is I met quite a few employees at Microsoft who used to work at Google. No one talks about them.
On the other hand, this is a win for Google and a loss for Microsoft. They got a good guy.
By the way, I tried to call Vic for several hours tonight to get his comment and he didn’t return my calls. I didn’t know either Vic was going to leave before today, either, although when we talked recently about my own career I could tell he was considering life changes as well.