Rubin steps down from Essential after Google investigation revealed

Rubin steps down from Essential after Google investigation revealed

Rubin steps down from Essential after Google investigation revealed

In light of this new information, Rubin has taken a leave of absence from Essential, the company he founded after his departure from Google. Meanwhile, Niccolo de Masi, Essential President will take over the company while Rubin is still on leave. At Google, he was the subject of an internal investigation over a relationship with a subordinate, according to a report by tech news site the Information on Tuesday night. He stayed on at Google for nine years, overseeing the eponymous Android operating system's (OS) development before departing in 2013 to found Playground Global, a studio that provides resources, mentorship, and funding to hardware startups.

Interestingly, Rubin is now also withdrawing from his role at Essential, a company he started after leaving Google. The Information concluded that “Rubins behavior was improper and showed bad judgment.”. While relationships are permitted between Googlers, there are rules set in place requiring employees to inform the HR department so that one of the employees can be moved to a different team within the company. The allegations are that he maintained an “inappropriate relationship” with a woman, working directly under him.

If the report turns out to be true, then Rubin would be the second senior Google executive to exit the search giant owing to alleged misconduct.

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A spokesperson for Rubin denied that his leave and the timing of the report have a connection. Rubin left shortly after the incident was reported. He launched incubator, named Playground Global, in 2015. "Thank you." Rubin himself told the Wall Street Journal he left because he wanted to do something new.

We're only a few months into the commercial run of Andy Rubin's highly anticipated first Essential phone, but all the numbers available to us and the far too often discounts suggest this wasn't the roaring success many long-time Google fans expected. According to Bloomberg, Essential is worth more than $1 billion as of August.

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