Vic Gundotra

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Vivek "Vic" Gundotra
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Vic Gundotra at the Google I/O event 2010.
Born Vivek Gundotra
(1968-06-14) June 14, 1968 (age 46)
Mumbai, India
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Occupation Ex. Senior Vice President, Social, Google
Spouse(s) Claudia Gundotra

Vivek "Vic" Gundotra[1] (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.[2][3] Prior to joining Google, he was a general manager at Microsoft.[4]

Career[edit]

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.[5]

Gundotra joined Google in June 2007, after taking a one-year delay due to a Microsoft employee non-compete agreement.

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+,[6] and was responsible for the controversial removal of social features from Google Reader.[7][better source needed] Apart from Google+, he is widely credited for his contributions to early versions of Google Maps (application) and Google I/O.[8]

On April 24th, 2014, Gundotra announced his resignation from Google after almost 7 years of service.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gundotra is married to Claudia Gundotra. They have two children, a 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.[10]

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