Here's what Googlers and startups have to say about new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian's strategy, three months into his reign (GOOG, GOOGL)


Before becoming CEO at Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian worked at Oracle for over two decades, and was even at one point rumored to be the database giant’s next CEO.

But in September, he would take an extended leave of absence, and sources say it was because he butted heads with Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison over cloud strategy. Later that month, Kurian announced his resignation. Less than two months later, he was announced as the new Google Cloud CEO, taking over for former CEO Diane Greene.

He officially took over the post in January.

There’s been talk about how he plans to drive changes at Google Cloud, which is seen as lagging behind its rivals at Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. Some are speculating how he’ll use his years of experience at Oracle to lead Google Cloud, and many say he will likely make aggressive acquisitions.

Already, Kurian has announced that he plans to expand the sales team and have them go after specific, more traditional verticals like retail and finance — a very Oracle-like playbook.

And at Google Cloud’s annual conference, the company made big waves by launching Anthos, which allows customers to run their work not only on Google