Gokul "AdSense Godfather" Rajaram, Google Product Manager who helped the No. 1 search engine giant launch AdSense is quitting the company, informs CNN Money. In his own words, "I've been having the itch to do something entrepreneurial for awhile now. I'm in my early 30s and I have some experience and financial security, so the time felt right. I have some ideas on the consumer Internet side. I'm still trying to flesh that out in the next few weeks. Right now, I'm just trying to get used to not going to work."
Rajaram, who left Google on Nov. 2., says he's also interested in pursuing journalism or writing. Two weeks ago, his beloved Google held him a farewell party where Product management vice president Susan Wojcicki honored him with a large plaque signed by a few hundred Googlers at the Googleplex. Apparently, Whatever venture he pursues, he has the blessings of top Google (GOOG) brass Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.
Even though Rajaram wanted to stay on and handle the integration of DoubleClick e says he misses working on a small team and he hopes to recreate the startup environment when he launches his own company. "When we started AdSense, it was just me and four engineers. The night before we launched, Sergey spent five hours with me testing the system and pointing out bugs."
Rajaram joins the hallowed list of top-notch Googlers who quit the company.