Dropbox lures Python creator away from Google

Summary:The creator of the Python programming language is moving away from Google and over to Dropbox.


Dropbox might have just scored a major win against Google -- at least as far as personnel goes.

The cloud storage provider just hired Guido Van Rossum, creator of the Python programming language.

Dropbox confirmed the news in a blog post on Friday, as founder and CEO Drew Houston explained that Python has played a major role at his company

Several years earlier, Python became my favorite programming language because it had a balance of simplicity, flexibility, and elegance. These qualities of Python, and the community’s work to support every major platform, let us write the code just once before running it everywhere. They have also influenced our greater design philosophy at Dropbox as we set out to build a simple product that brings your life together.

Van Rossum has been at Google since 2005, most recently serving as a senior staff software engineer.

The computer programmer also mentioned the news on his Google+ page, noting that today is his last day with the Internet giant. Emphasizing his relationship with Google as amicable, Van Rossum described, "We're parting as the best of friends."

Image via Guido van Rossum's Google+ profile

Topics: Google, Cloud, Storage, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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