Wow, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft for Google

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.

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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.

78 thoughts on “Wow, Vic Gundotra leaves Microsoft for Google

  1. Good for Google and Vic. Fifteen plus years at the same company could be boring, and now Google hired the best.
    If you see this, Vic, call me. It’s been awhile.

    ~lea in Seattle

  2. Good for Google and Vic. Fifteen plus years at the same company could be boring, and now Google hired the best.
    If you see this, Vic, call me. It’s been awhile.

    ~lea in Seattle

  3. Sure, there are 60,000 people still left at MS. But the fact that so many “high profile” execs have been/are leaving is of course going to raise eyebrows. And not just in the blogosphere either.

  4. Sure, there are 60,000 people still left at MS. But the fact that so many “high profile” execs have been/are leaving is of course going to raise eyebrows. And not just in the blogosphere either.

  5. TAG,

    That’s a very clever move from Robert :) Made it look like a joke.

    Anyway Robert, I wish you the best for your job at podtech. I am not a big fan of Pods, but it’s good to know that you will continue to blog.

    Cheers

  6. TAG,

    That’s a very clever move from Robert :) Made it look like a joke.

    Anyway Robert, I wish you the best for your job at podtech. I am not a big fan of Pods, but it’s good to know that you will continue to blog.

    Cheers

  7. Are you going to join GOOG after a year, just like Vic? :)
    Vic can afford to take a one year break, not many of us can.

  8. Are you going to join GOOG after a year, just like Vic? :)
    Vic can afford to take a one year break, not many of us can.

  9. “Tejas, do tell me who represents Google in the blogosphere, especially someone who’s leaving would make them look bad?”

    Mark Jen. Do a search on Google, Kingsley (or do you use MSN, as a matter of principle ;))

  10. “Tejas, do tell me who represents Google in the blogosphere, especially someone who’s leaving would make them look bad?”

    Mark Jen. Do a search on Google, Kingsley (or do you use MSN, as a matter of principle ;))

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