Nice coup for Google. According to SeattlePI, they just lured away Udi Manber, chief executive of Amazon’s A9 subsidiary. Manber will be vice president of engineering for Google – how many do they have in that role?
This is a big set back for Amazon, as far as I can tell. Others tend to agree…
“It could set back their efforts, but A9 was more of a trial to hedge their bets and have a presence in there,” said Safa Rashtchy, a senior Internet analyst for Piper Jaffray & Co. who estimates that 10 percent of Amazon’s tech spending centers on search. “I don’t think they will give up on it that easily, but it hasn’t produced any major advantages for Amazon and it is still experimental.”
I wonder if Manber was under a non-compete of any kind?