Dave Girouard, vice president of Google Apps and Google Enterprise, has resigned from the company to form Upstart, a new company funded by Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and NEA.
In his blog post, Girouard thanked Google co-founders Sergey Brin and CEO Larry Page, and former CEO Eric Schmidt. “After eight wonderful and life-altering years, I've decided to leave Google to pursue my own adventure,” he wrote.
The Upstart home page features a brief statement, that says, in part, “Upstart lets you raise capital in return for a small portion of your future income. So you can do what you're meant to do.”
“In recent months I've thought a lot about the younger generation; about the opportunities and challenges they face in navigating their careers and life choices,” Girouard wrote. “The result is www.upstart.com, which you'll (hopefully) hear a lot more about in the coming months.”
Google issued a statement on his departure. "Dave has decided to leave Google to pursue another opportunity,” the company said. “We’re so grateful for his contributions to Google and wish him all the best."
As chief of Google Apps, Girouard oversaw the company’s fast-growing cloud applications, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. He also started the company’s enterprise unit, which encompassed Google Chromebooks and Search Appliance for Business.
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Google Chrome and Apps, will take over Girouard’s responsibilities, the company said. Amit Singh will continue managing Enterprise.
Kevin McLaughlin contributed to this article.