James Whittaker, a former Google employee, has left the company for his old employer, Microsoft. The reason: Larry Page and Google+ ruined Google.
Whittaker was employed by Microsoft from 2006-2009. He left for Google in 2009 and stayed there until February of this year. During his time at Google, he became an “evangelist” for the search engine giant, praising the company for “promoting innovation.” He said that changed when co-founder and now CEO Larry Page took over.
“Under Eric Schmidt ads were always in the background,” Whittaker wrote. ”Google was run like an innovation factory, empowering employees to be entrepreneurial through founder’s awards, peer bonuses and 20% time. Our advertising revenue gave us the headroom to think, innovate and create.” He continued, “But that was then, as the saying goes, and this is now.”
He has also criticized Google+, a social networking site created mainly for competing with Facebook. Whittaker said in his blog post on MSDN:
“Larry Page himself assumed command to right this wrong. Social became state-owned, a corporate mandate called Google+. It was an ominous name invoking the feeling that Google alone wasn’t enough. Search had to be social. Android had to be social. You Tube, once joyous in their independence, had to be … well, you get the point. Even worse was that innovation had to be social. Ideas that failed to put Google+ at the center
of the universe were a distraction.”
He concludes by saying:
“The old Google was a great place to work. The new one?
To view his entire MSDN post, click here.
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- Ex-Google Employee James Whittaker Says Google+ Has Ruined the Company (blippitt.com)