In his inaugural MSDN blog post, ex-Googler James Whittaker explains his decision to leave the search behemoth. “The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.”

It’s worth reading the whole thing. Go check it out:

Why I left Google – JW on Tech – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

Technically I suppose Google has always been an advertising company, but for the better part of the last three years, it didn’t feel like one. Google was an ad company only in the sense that a good TV show is an ad company: having great content attracts advertisers.