|Vivek "Vic" Gundotra|
Vic Gundotra at the Google I/O event 2010.
June 14, 1968
|Alma mater||Indian Institute of Technology Madras|
|Occupation||Ex. Senior Vice President, Social, Google|
Vivek "Vic" Gundotra (born June 14, 1968 in India) is an India-born businessman, who served as the Senior Vice President, Social for Google until 24th April, 2014. Prior to joining Google, he was a general manager at Microsoft.
Gundotra 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.
His responsibilities as Vice-President of Social included Google's social networking and identity service, Google+. He is widely believed to be the man behind Google+, and was responsible for the controversial removal of social features from Google Reader.[better source needed] Apart from Google+, he is widely credited for his contributions to early versions of Google Maps (application) and Google I/O.
On April 24th, 2014, Gundotra announced his resignation from Google after almost 7 years of service.
Gundotra is married to Claudia Gundotra. They have two children, a son and daughter.
Awards and recognition
- Raymond, Scott (2011-08-24). "Google+ real name clampdown ignores own grace period". ZDNet. "And it should be noted that his real name is not Vic, it’s Vivek."
- Vic Gundotra Profile, CrunchBase
- Boutin, Paul (2006-07-03). "Where's My Google PC?". Slate.
- Gannes, Liz (2010-08-04). "Google’s Social Czar Is Vic Gundotra". Gigaom.
- Estes, Adam (2011-10-25). "The World Is Surprisingly Angry About the End of Google Reader". The Atlantic.
- "Google+ Mastermind Vic Gundotra resigns from Google Inc". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Leaving Company". ReCode. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- "2003 Young Innovators Under 35: Vic Gundotra, 34". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 14, 2011.