Rumour: Google Satellite Employee Greg Wyler Leaves Company

According to the Wall Street Journal Greg Wyler, founder of O3b Networks who had left that company for Google, has now reportedly left Google and has been seen at SpaceX though it is unlikely he is working there.

From the Wall Street Journal article "A key employee leading Google Inc.'s efforts to beam Internet access from satellites has left the company and is now working closely with Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and its founder Elon Musk, according to people familiar with the matter. The employee, Greg Wyler, had joined Google last year as part of a $1 billion-plus Google effort to offer Internet access to unwired parts of the globe."

According to an article by Verge Wyler's "departure also coincides with Google's loss of rights to a certain radio spectrum, which is controlled by Wyler's company WorldVu Satellites Ltd."

Wyler has been working for years on realizing his goal of making the Internet accessible and
affordable for people in emerging and developed markets. It would seem odd that he would leave Google who had the same goal in mind for SpaceX whose business plan doesn't include this goal.

- Wall Street Journal story. (Paywall)

- Google satellite executive reportedly leaves to work with SpaceX, The Verge

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