Vic Gundotra is positively leaving Google Plus

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive Vic Gundotra suddenly announced yesterday he is pulling up stakes and leaving for new pastures. Gundotra, ringleader of cirque- social-network Google Plus, didn't state a reason for his sudden departure -- leaving behind a whirlwind of speculation.

Bloggers -- never ones to let a non-explanation get in the way of a good story -- have been rounding up every source they can to figure out why.

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Zach Minus Miners shares key details:

Vic Gundotra, a key executive at Google who helped to create Google+, is leaving the company, he announced on Thursday.

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Gundotra worked at Google for nearly eight years, spearheading...Google+ [and] Google I/O, the company's annual conference for developers.  MORE

 

Casey Newton discovers opposing forces do not attract:

Gundotra was not universally beloved -- internally, some of his employees referred to him as "The Vic-tator." One former Google+ team member [said] that Gundotra was a polarizing figure within the company, and that he had friction with...CEO Larry Page's inner circle of advisers.  MORE

 

Straight from the horse's mouth:

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

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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.  MORE

 

On the whole, Florence Ion repels negativity:

Gundotra will be replaced by new Dave Besbris, who currently serves as vice president of engineering.

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Curiously, the position won't be filled by current Google+ product head Bradley Horowitz, who has worked on Google+ since its inception.  MORE

 

But Amir Efrati doesn't believe anybody:

When I asked Google+ chief @vicgundotra earlier this week whether he was leaving, he flat out said no. I should have believed my sources.  MORE

 

Google Glass explorer Tim Cohn worries about usability:

A vice president of engineering is being put in charge of Google+ ... That will surely make G+ more user friendly.  MORE

 

Meanwhile, Ron Amadeo tries to make sense:

Despite Google's denial, it makes sense for the company to back away from Google+. The social network hasn't gained the massive userbase it would need to rival Facebook, and the aggressive integration strategy has been universally hated by users.

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It also makes sense for this to be the reason for Gundotra leaving. Google+ was his baby, and when pet projects like this get canceled or don't go well, it's typical for the company and the employee to part ways.  MORE

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