|Vivek "Vic" Gundotra|
Vic Gundotra at the Google I/O event 2010.
June 14, 1968
|Alma mater||Indian Institute of Technology Bombay|
|Occupation||Senior Vice President, Engineering, Google|
Vivek "Vic" Gundotra (born June 14, 1968 in India) is the Senior Vice President, Engineering for Google and was previously the Senior Vice-President of Social Business for the same company. Before joining Google, he was a general manager at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 1991 and eventually became General Manager of Platform Evangelism. His duties included promoting Microsoft's APIs and platforms to independent developers and helping to develop a strategy for Windows Live online services to compete with Google's web-based software applications. Gundotra joined Google in June 2007, after taking a one-year delay working on charitable endeavors[which?] due to a Microsoft employee non-compete agreement.
His responsibilities as Vice-President of Engineering include Google's mobile phone applications, and its developer efforts, including OpenSocial, Google Gadgets, Google Gears, and the more than 40 product APIs Google exposes. It was reported on Gigaom that he is considered to be Google's Social Czar. He is apparently known to be the man behind Google+, and is responsible for the controversial removal of social features from Google Reader.
Gundotra married Claudia Gundotra. They have two children, son and daughter.
Awards and recognition
Gundotra starred in a 2011 advertisement for Mercedes-Benz, due in part to a near-collision when Gundotra took his eyes off the road for a few seconds. The radar technology, which reads the road ahead for potential hazards, perceived that the car in front of him had stopped. Gundotra's S-Class then stopped itself. Gundotra thanked Mercedes in a letter expressing his appreciation for the implemented technology; Mercedes later contacted him to appear in the advertisement.
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