Alphabet’s cybersecurity arm, Chronicle, was folded into Google’s cloud division this June, and now, big name departures are starting to become public. This weekend, Chronicle co-founder and Chief Security Officer Mike Wiacek announced on his personal blog that he had left Google after more than 13 years.
Wiacek’s farewell note was positive, saying: “Chronicle is in good hands with the brilliant folks at GCP.” But we have learned that the co-founder was disappointed by the decision to absorb Chronicle into Alphabet. Wiacek declined to comment to The Information.
Chronicle’s former CEO Stephen Gillett—who, as of August became an “executive advisor” to Google CEO Sundar Pichai—told us in a recent interview that moving Chronicle to Google Cloud was “100%” his choice. Gillett said merging the two teams made business sense due to customer and technical overlap. But he also acknowledged there was some disappointment among Chronicle’s staff.
Googlers with bold ideas have been attracted by the possibility of creating an independent venture under the Alphabet structure. But if the ultimate exit plan is a return to the mother ship, as was the case with Chronicle, Alphabet’s structure will become less attractive for those looking to break away from a massive company, like Google.