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Woodside leaves behind 10 years at Google and a short stint at Motorola to be the first COO of the cloud storage company

Following tightly on the announcement that Motorola will be acquired by Lenovo, CEO of Motorola Dennis Woodside is ready to step down from the company. Following over 10 years at Google and just shy of two years at the helm of Motorola, Woodside will reportedly be the first COO of quickly-expanding Dropbox according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Before moving over to the then-Google-owned Motorola, Woodside was the Vice President of Americas Operations at Google, in charge of managing relationships with partners and advertising agencies, where he saw revenue grow from $10.8 to $17.5 billion in less than three years. That's the kind of experience Dropbox needs as it continues to grow, recently closing a huge funding round of $350 million from various investors. The Journal reports Woodside will be tasked, among other initiatives, with expanding Dropbox into the highly-competitive enterprise software market.

Woodside was scheduled to appear at a press event at Mobile World Congress less than two weeks from now, where he was to give "an update on the business" along with other Motorola executives. It seems there will be one less person at the table at this point, with no indication of who will be taking Woodside's position at the top of Motorola as it transitions to being a Lenovo company.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside to step down, take role as COO of Dropbox

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That didn't take long...Something about this move doesn't sit well with me as it pertains to Motorola. Congrats to Mr. Woodside on his new position with Dropbox.

I wonder what his exit package consists of. Dropbox which I use, has been a bit stale the past 2 years. Box, Drive even the site wetransfer are innovating. Dropbox got in early and has a strong following but needs to grow.

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box is not innovating but they are just catching up. I looks like they are innovating. i have never used dropbox but when i used box 1 year ago it was crap. it

That miniscule amount on referral is one of the reasons I think Copy is doing things right. They give you 5GB with each referral (and 5GB to the referree) as well as starting you with 15GB instead of Dropbox's 2GB.

Here is a referral link if you want https://copy.com?r=EOFh2o So it would start you out with 20GB. They are backed by Barracuda Networks, so I don't think they are going away anytime soon.

The other cool thing about copy is their concept of fair sharing. For example if you and I share a 2 GB folder on dropbox we each are charged with 2GB, on copy they split it between the number of people sharing, so we would each be charged with 1GB.

You're absolutely crazy, if you think Drive is in any way, shape, or form better than either Box, Dropbox, Copy, or any of the other prominent cloud storage options.

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In my experience, it's just been way too clunky. And, when uploading larger files, the upload often stops and hangs, and then Drive freezes, and you have to start the upload all over again.

I have yet to experience this problem (or any problem) with either Dropbox or Box.

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Well, I'm sure his exit doesn't do much for their stock holders. It definitely doesn't look good.

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I'll agree, that it doesn't look good. But, of course, we're on the outside looking.

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I'm being optimistic about it. He was in charge of a company that couldn't make money.
*Herm Edwards voice* Hello you play to win the game
Why should he keep his job? Next guys need to deliver though.
The blueprint is already there. Just gotta tweak it a little.

Haha +1 for the Herm Edwards voice.

I think, we should be optimistic. I doubt, Lenovo would have bought Motorola, if it didn't have a good roadmap to return them to profitability.

And, I'm fairly certain, Google wouldn't have just offloaded Motorola to Lenovo, if it wasn't at least a little sure that Lenovo would steer the company in the right direction.

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Lenovo is not stupid either. They probably won't jeopardize what good name they got with the x and g. Hopefully, even after the Google pipeline is cleared out, they are still making good devices. Maybe even lenovo phone will see an improvement.

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Actually, they don't, yet. Until regulators from both the US and China approve of the sale/buyout, Google retains ownership.

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This is definitely unexpected, and could prove to be a blow to Motorola. But, we'll have to see who Motorola replaces as CEO, before passing any kind of judgement.

As far as we know, Motorola is still a separate company, unless you know something that no one else does.

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Moto is just brand at this point. They cut over 80% of their jobs, google cherry picked their best employees and stripped them of their patents. The moto X will cost more money with its current features to make due to royalties to google.

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Was good while it lasted. My guess is Google takes the concept of the Moto X and applies it to the Nexus or whatever they and Nest think up.

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Bingo...willing to bet all the great moto minds are still Google's (and likely very happy to be) and the only reason Google left the little things moto x fans love out of the nexus was to promote Moto. Obviously they don't need to care about moto anymore

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Uh oh. Now I'm worried. Even if Google wasn't selling Moto I'd be worried. Dennis seemed to be the driving force behind the recent positive changes.

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Its over for this company.Now Motorola is definitely screwed. Dennis was the one who pushed the company as hard as they can to make the Moto X a great experience. Now that he's gone and Lenovo has taken over. Motorola is simply living on borrowed time.

Now I'm gonna be stuck with my Moto X for 2 years. Dammit.
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Try to be optimistic =)

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As a famous comedian once said: "mind blasting!"
I was just watching him being interviewed by MKBHD on YouTube a few weeks ago about Motorola... Nothing from that hour long one on one implied this at all. Wish him n the company the best. ..I guess.

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The Chinese takeover of Motorola has begun!

The way Motorola died was worse than Nokia's takeover by M$ and even BB

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So. Much. Fail. In. This. Comment.

How exactly did any of those companies die? Last time I checked, Nokia and Motorola were both bought out, and BlackBerry just received an infusion of cash to keep it afloat.

Please. Stop. Spreading. Bull.

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Ahem,they were bought out BECAUSE they were dying,Nokia's WP sales for q3 were down and there was no clear direction for them ahead,also MS is so slow at pushing out updates(I used to own a HTC 8s that a simple fix for the dreaded other storage issue took them 6 months to fix in contrast to Google who released kitkat bug fix in a month.
BB is as good as dead considering that the OS is even shittier than WP

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Fair enough, brother, about the Nokia buyout.

But, I wouldn't go so far as to say that BlackBerry is dead. They may have sold their hardware division to Foxconn, but they'll likely still introduce new handsets to target the enterprise market.

I will give you that: at first (and maybe still so) Microsoft was/is horrible with updates and bug fixes. But, I'm certain they'll only get better.

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Nokia did this to themselves by deciding to bet on crappy WP and not make Android phones until its too late.

Motorola was already on its way somewhere with MotoX and G. Their next generation phones could've put them back on the map.

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Have you ever used Windows Phone? Or are you just blindly judging it?

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Let me say it better.

Nokia shot themselves in the foot a bit by putting all their eggs in one basket thinking that Windows Phone would all of a sudden jet up an be a serious contender on the same plain as Android and iOS.

Motorola was on it way to Nokia until Google stepped in.

I kind of agree. But, can you really blame Nokia for steering clear of an already crowded Android market? We don't need more Android OEMS. What we need are more operating system choices.

I do fully agree, if Google hadn't stepped in to swallow Motorola's losses, Motorola would be "dead" or close to it.

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Also, Nokia makes great phones, and even without the buyout they would have survived.

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Nokia does make some handsome hardware.

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At the time though they were the largest phone maker in the world. If they would have gotten in early, it would have been Samsung, Nokia and HTC at the top with LG, Moto and Sony fighting for scraps. Would have changed the landscape quite a bit and they would be selling off parts.

But we can guess until the cows come home. Until I get my alternate universe machine working right we shall never know. Damn software bugs.

I do agree with you that we need more OS choices. but MS was gonna pry their OS in no matter if they had to make it themselves

If they had originally started with Android, they may be up there with Samsung. You're probably right about that.

Keep chipping away at that alternate universe machine. I could use one of those, lol. Just make sure it gets timely updates, lol.

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I agree that this does not look good for the Moto brand in my mind...

Can I get some more storage from Dropbox for my support of Moto? ;) I use Drive, Box, Skydrive and Dropbox and it is the most consistent from all my devices. Not counting the outage a few weeks ago lol!

Not sure if good or bad.
Moto hasn't been making money for a while. Even as a Google company they lost money.
I don't think they can do worse than losing money.
This will probably for the better.

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True, but do you think he stepped down or was politely shown the door?

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He most likely wanted to revive Motorola but probably felt betrayed once Google had a change of heart and sold them to Lenovo.

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Should be interesting.

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Interesting read. Opening up China is a given and of course will get the bottom line better, it is interesting that he more or less says they are going to flood the market with cheap crap.

That may be the cheaper handset that Motorola has in the pipeline.

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I don't think targeting emerging markets necessarily means "flooding the market with cheap crap." Moreover, I just think it means that Lenovo may actually leverage its supply chain to continue the trend of making cheap (such as the Moto G) handsets.

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That's what I got from it as well. Supply chain, getting a large volume of devices leveraging Lenovo's expertise.

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"With the combined scale of Lenovo and Motorola after the acquisition, we can significantly reduce costs in terms of material procurement and supply chain."

Thanks for that article, Grahaman27!

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I feel more inclined to buy that, than him being let go.

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Looking at financials, Motorola continued to bleed out. While the perception is that he'd been doing a fine job reviving the brand, the numbers don't lie.

Feels like Google intended to sell Motorola off from the start.

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Yeah, numbers don't lie. I believe, you're right. It was always about the patents, from the beginning. But, you have to admit, a Google-owned Motorola had a ton of potential. I hope a Lenovo-owned Motorola had just as much, if not more potential.

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Google was never going to play the volume game though. If they wanted to, they'd sell Nexus 5s for $200.

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*has just as much potential*

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both.

They said we are doing XXX differently, and he made a call. Though the timing of leaving one and going to the other seems to say that he just didnt want to do it at Moto

I think he got blind-sided, honestly. He seemed to be very passionate about his ability to turn the company around; and then he had the floor yanked from under his feet.

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I think he stepped down because he wouldn't have the same role once the purchase became complete.

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Maybe this entire buyout was part of the plan. We knew that Google wanted Motorola for its patent portfolio. However, I don't know if any of us expected anything out of Motorola until rumors about the mysterious "x phone" started flying around. When we got the x, so many of us were angry because it was unveiled with supposedly go-hum specs, and running Android 4.2, when Android 4.3 was just launched by Google a week prior. Moto wowed everyone with a fantastic user experience and innovative new features. We were all also surprised when moto x'es started getting kitkat just weeks after kitkat was released. When the moto g was unveiled, that was just icing on the cake. It was a decent midrange phone with the same ux as the moto x, but starting at less than $200 off-contract.
The life that Motorola has in it now may have been a reason that lenovo became interested and Samsung became threatened. Since Google saw its most successful OEM angered that they were in direct competition, Google decided they needed to offload the Motorola brand. Lenovo may have been interested in the potential the company has, and decided that they could buy it.
The entire plan Google may have had with Motorola is to save the patents, then turn the company around and sell it. Hopefully Motorola keeps bringing out the good stuff. Hopefully it wasn't all dependent on Dennis woodside

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