Slide’s Max Levchin Becomes a VP of Engineering at Google

Max Levchin, who was the chief executive of Slide and a PayPal co-founder, has landed a new title at Google as a vice president of engineering, we’ve confirmed with the company. It’s the latest leadership adjustment since the search giant bought the social developer for a reported $182 million plus $46 million in retention bonuses.

The position makes Levchin equal in title to Vic Gundotra, who was said to have been leading the search giant’s social efforts and who has been taking a visible role in championing the company’s mobile products.

Both will report to senior vice president of operations Urs Holzle, who sits on the company’s all-powerful operating committee. That committee is the final arbiter on major product releases and is made up of several of Google’s earliest employees. Bradley Horowitz, a vice president of product management who has been said to be taking more of a leadership role on Google’s social products, reports to senior vice president of product management Jonathan Rosenberg.

Even though Levchin has scored a senior title, he will still have to prove himself as the company hasn’t historically been all that hospitable to outsiders who come in at a higher level. Levchin “will be working on social products with a variety of teams,” according to spokesperson Andrew Pederson.

On the day that Google bought Slide, it also demoed an earlier iteration of its forthcoming Facebook competitor to associate and more senior product managers. Called “Google Me,” that product is early-stage and is changing constantly, from what we’ve heard, so an accurate description of it today may be off-base compared to what is finally released. The earlier version, at least, amalgamated many of Google’s more social products. It is our understanding that Levchin is now leading the development of the latest iteration.

For more, be sure to check out our previous analysis of the Slide acquisition and how it might fit into Google’s social plans.

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12 Responses to “Slide’s Max Levchin Becomes a VP of Engineering at Google”

  1. Max Levchin Becomes VP Engineering At Google After Slide Acquisition says:

    [...] [InsideFacebook] Categorized under Google, Google Me, Max Levchin, Slide, Urs Hölzle, Vic Gundotra If you liked this post, subscribe to the Pulse 2.0 RSS feed. [...]

  2. PayPal and Slide Co-founder Becomes a Google VP of Engineering says:

    [...] He will now report to Urs Holzle, Google’s senior vice president of operations, according to Inside Facebook. We’ve reached out to Google for more details about his new role.The decision to make Levchin [...]

  3. Dagsnoteringar – 27 August, 2010 says:

    [...] Slide’s Max Levchin Becomes a VP of Engineering at Google26 August, 2010 – Google fortsätter satsningen på sociala webben. VD:n oå Slide, som gör facebookappar och som Google nyligen köpte, får nu en vice-president-titel på sökjätten. [...]

  4. Google Adds Rohit Khare to Social Team With Angstro Buy says:

    [...] co-founder Rohit Khare to its yet-to-be-launched Google Me social team, led by Vic Gundotra and Max Levchin. Angstro built tools for users to receive integrated and disambiguated feeds of news and up-to-date [...]

  5. Google Buys Another Piece of Its Social Puzzle | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD says:

    [...] The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the story, says Kahare is sitting next to Slide founder Max Levchin, who sold his company to Google (GOOG) a few weeks ago, and now works there as a vp of engineering. [...]

  6. Макс Левчин | Новости Интернета, Социальные сети, Интернет-стартапы и Веб советы says:

    [...] успешный проект под названием Slide за 182$ млн. Согласно изданию Inside Facebook, Макс будет подчинятся старшему вице-президенту по [...]

  7. PayPal and Slide Co-Founder Max Levchin Joins Google’s Ranks says:

    [...] given the same senior position ranking as Vic Gundotra, and will report to Urs Holze according to Inside Facebook. This is undoubtedly a ‘social’ play and a strong one at that. Let’s not forget, [...]

  8. Google Buys Mobile Social Game Developer SocialDeck says:

    [...] effort is being headed up by Slide founder Max Levchin, as we reported last week; it’s possible he had a hand in buying SocialDeck, although the [...]

  9. Google Buys SocialDeck « Raja Jasti’s Blog - Renaissance Thinking says:

    [...] effort is being headed up by Slide founder Max Levchin, as we reported last week; it’s possible he had a hand in buying SocialDeck, although the timing [...]

  10. Google sigue llenando el carrito de compras…lo último: SocialDeck en ALT1040 (Economía y Empresas) says:

    [...] agosto y con ésta Google compró 4 empresas en el mes, sumándose a: Slide, cuyo ex-CEO es ahora VP de Ingeniería de Google, la plataforma de moneda virtual Jambool, y la antes mencionada Angstro, con Rohit Khare, [...]

  11. Google sigue llenando el carrito de compras…lo último: SocialDeck | Tuiter.com says:

    [...] agosto y con ésta Google compró 4 empresas en el mes, sumándose a: Slide, cuyo ex-CEO es ahora VP de Ingeniería de Google, la plataforma de moneda virtual Jambool, y la antes mencionada Angstro, con Rohit Khare, [...]

  12. Cathy says:

    I suggest that Max or someone under his influence correct the blatant THEFTS from SLIDE of their Superpoke Pet Customers!! Banning/Blocking accounts due to having TOO MANY of the GOLD ITEMS that they sell??!! WTH!!!! Myself being one of them. After all it is our BACKS and wallets that have elevated him to this position. Anybody out there?? SLIDE turns a deaf ear on their customers and I will rant and rave until everyone knows how poor their customer service is. Remember this Max…you meet the same people coming DOWN the ladder as you do going UP.

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