Vic Gundotra

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Vivek "Vic" Gundotra
Google VP Engineering Vic Gundotra(cropped).jpg
Vic Gundotra at the Google I/O event 2010.
Born Vivek Gundotra
(1968-06-14) June 14, 1968 (age 45)
Mumbai, India
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Occupation Senior Vice President, Social, Google
Spouse(s) Claudia Gundotra

Vivek "Vic" Gundotra[1] (born June 14, 1968 in India) is Senior Vice President, Social for Google.[2] Before joining Google, he was a general manager at Microsoft.[3] 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.[4] 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 Social include Google's social networking and identity service, Google+. 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+,[5] and is responsible for the controversial removal of social features from Google Reader.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gundotra married Claudia Gundotra. They have two children, son and daughter.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2003, Gundotra was named in the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35, for his contribution to Microsoft's .NET Framework.[7]


  1. ^ 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." 
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  3. ^ Vic Gundotra Profile, CrunchBase
  4. ^ Boutin, Paul (2006-07-03). "Where's My Google PC?". Slate. 
  5. ^ Gannes, Liz (2010-08-04). "Google’s Social Czar Is Vic Gundotra". Gigaom. 
  6. ^ Estes, Adam (2011-10-25). "The World Is Surprisingly Angry About the End of Google Reader". The Atlantic. 
  7. ^ "2003 Young Innovators Under 35: Vic Gundotra, 34". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 

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