Google+ got its start in late June 2011 back when it was invite-only in private beta, and SVP of Engineering Vic Gundotra was instrumental in helping it grow.
Today, Gundotra posted on the social network announcing his departure from Google after nearly eight years.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I’m overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry’s encouragement and support.”
He had nothing but kind words for the Google+ team, and non-ghost community that’s helped share valuable feedback.
Google CEO Larry Page chimed in on the comments of the post, saying:
“Vic — thank you for a tremendous almost eight years at Google. You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great. When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away. And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects. Then you built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion. I really enjoy using Google+ on a daily basis, especially the auto awesome movies which I really love sharing with my family and friends. Good luck with your next project after Google. In the meantime we’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.”
It’s currently unclear where Vic Gundotra is headed, however, according to Re/code, VP of Engineering David Besbris is expected to replace him.