We dove deep on the story of David Drummond at Google. The company’s chief legal officer recently announced he was retiring, following the lead of co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s decision to step aside, But his departure re-opened some old wounds with former partners at Google’s venture arm GV. Nick got the backstory on how Drummond and Page clashed with the CEO of GV, Bill Maris over partner compensation. Drummond’s departure prompted an unusually candid and direct statement from Maris on why he left.
But beyond this controversy, Drummond’s leaving raises questions about Google (and Alphabet’s) makeup. Many of the big top executives at the company since its early days have now gone. Jessica explored what effect that has on the company’s culture and what Google will look like in this new era.