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This is probably shocking to those on Google+, but +Vic Gundotra is leaving Google, but there's no announcement on his next move. +Dan Besbris is said to be taking over. Great report by Re/code's +Kara Swisher and +Liz Gannes. 
The high-profile and powerful exec at the search giant will leave immediately, but has no plans to land elsewhere as yet.
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The next chapter begins...
 
Yes.

#GooglePlus    #GoodMove  

Thanks for all the fish, +Vic Gundotra 
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"Approximately 2,000 years after a man was nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be if everyone was nice to each other, she came up with a way to solve all the problems. It had nothing to do with the little green pieces of paper, and no one would have to get nailed to anything."
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All excellent comments +Robert Cooper +Conway Riley and +Ben Hutchinson
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How can anyone attack +SpongeBob SquarePants ?
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Info graphic on +Vic Gundotra 's post announcing his departure from +Google
 
Really cool to analyse the reach and how +Vic Gundotra's departure post has spread:

https://plus.google.com/ripples/details?activityid=z13eutuphp3bdb3ft22phv3h2nr3fb0lx
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Farwell... and good luck
 
Hey +Vic Gundotra - as I told you when you started on G+, i had nothing but admiration for your willingness to stick you neck out on something so incredibly challenging, that had so many issues working against it. You knew the personal sacrifice you were about to make and you did it anyway.

Your ability to bring G+ to life inside Google with the speed and fury that  you did is something 99.9% of the world will never appreciate.

Whatever you do next, it will be done well, I'm sure. Be well, old friend.
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Another chapter in the story comes to a close...
 
And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



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