The brain haemorrhage at the Search Engine (opens in new tab) Giant continues as Salman Ullan, the Google's VP of Corporate Development, submitted his resignation and leaves Google to start a Venture firm called Merus Capital.
He is one of the key persons behind deals and acquisitions like Keyhole (Google Earth), Youtube, Urchin (Analytics) and Doubleclick.
Om Malik from GigaOM also reports that Ullan will be joined by Sean Dempsey from Google’s corporate development group and Peter Hsing, a general manager of corporate strategy at Microsoft.
Salman is known to have said that "We [Google] don't do traffic for traffic's sake", this was adopted as the quote of the day by Online Gossip website, Valleywag. (opens in new tab)
Salman has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University and is a former General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Managing Director of Corporate Development at ... Microsoft where he probably worked with Peter Hsing.