Venkat Panchapakesan Stories August 1, 2014

Google may not be buying Spotify, but a top executive from YouTube is jumping ship from the Google-owned company to the subscription music service giant. Re/code reports that Shiva Rajaraman, whose title was Director of Product Management at Google (YouTube) according to his LinkedIn, is leaving Google/YouTube several years with the company to take a new role at Spotify. The report notes that Rajaraman’s role at YouTube encompassed managing the development of YouTube’s yet-to-be launched music streaming service, and his new position at Spotify employs him at what will likely be a major competitor to YouTube’s delayed service.

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Venkat Panchapakesan Stories June 11, 2014

Venkat Panchapakesan has been named YouTube’s new head of engineering, according to Re/code. An internal hire, Panchapakesan is shifting from his role as head engineer at Google’s apps division. He’ll be taking over for former product head, Shishir Mehrotra who vacated his position earlier in year and went on to become an adviser for the company.

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