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Lars Rasmussen, the Sydney-based co-founder of Google Maps has spoken publicly for the first time about why he quit his job and joined the growing band of high profile Googlers who have switched allegiances to Facebook. [smh.com.au...]
In 2003, Lars and his brother, Jens, co-founded Where 2 Technologies, a mapping-related startup in Sydney, Australia. This company was bought by Google in October 2004, to create the popular, free, browser-based software, Google Maps
It feels to me that Facebook may be a sort of once in a decade type of company," Rasmussen said in a telephone interview last night, explaining how he decided to end his six-year tenure at Google after a "compelling personal pitch" from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg
Last year Google designer Douglas Bowman famously quit, complaining in a blog post that the company had become obsessed by data and minutiae.
"I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4, or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can't operate in an environment like that," Bowman complained.