This Xoogler Might Be the Next Bill Gates

Former Googlers make ever-widening waves across Silicon Valley
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2008 2:40 AM CDT
Google recently set up its own venture-capital arm, at least in part to try to get a piece of the big ideas coming from company alumni.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – In the past few years, Google has lost some serious firepower to the startup frontier, Luke Dittrich writes in Esquire. With self-styled Xooglers  providing the brain power not only for two dozen or so startups, but for the venture-capital firms that fund them, it’s likely “the next big thing to come out of Google won't come out of Google at all.”

Google manages to retain a better-than-average percentage of employees, but the pedigree of the Xooglers—the creator of Gmail, or intance, and the guys who thought of buying YouTube—make them a force to be reckoned with. So much, in fact, that the company recently announced plans to head up its own venture-capital arm to make some coin off the bleeding.