Why I Quit Google to Join Facebook: Lars Rasmussen

Monday Nov 1st 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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One of the key minds behind Google Maps and Wave calls Facebook a "once-in-a-decade type of company."

Sidney Morning Herald: Lars Rasmussen, one of the founders of Google Maps and key player behind Google Wave, has spoken publicly about his move from Google to Facebook, and his thoughts could shed light on why so many people have made the same switch in recent months. "It feels to me that Facebook may be a sort of once-in-a-decade type of company," Rasmussen said. "Obviously they've already changed the world and yet there seems to be so much more to be done there. And I think that it's the right place for me to be."

Rasmussen said that Google's large size was making it unwieldy. "The energy there [at Facebook] is just amazing, whereas it can be very challenging to be working in a company the size of Google."

He added, "A good part of the reason I'm going there is that there are particular folks who worked at Google before who I loved working with and who are there now and that's very attractive."

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