I wonder if Eric Schmidt tossed a chair when he found out Mark Lucovsky was leaving Google for VMware.
Lucovsky, a former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, a key player on the Windows NT team and father of the Hailstorm cloud strategy, allegedly caused a big kerfluffle in Steve Ballmer’s office when he announced his departure for Google in 2004.
The notorious incident came at theapex of Microsoft’s angst over losing engineers to Google. Lucovsky said Ballmer swore and threw a chair, allegations the chief executive denied.
Now Google is losing talent as it wrestles with growth, maturity and evolving culture.
TechCrunch today is reporting that Lucovsky left Google for VMware, which is headed by one of his former bosses at Microsoft, Paul Maritz.
Lucovsky was an engineering director for Google working in Santa Barbara, Calif.