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Oct 24, 2011, 07:31 AM
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AllThingsD reports (http://allthingsd.com/20111023/exclusive-siri-co-founder-kittlaus-departs-from-apple/) that Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus has left his position at Apple, moving on following the rebirth of the voice-powered personal assistant as a key feature of the iPhone 4S.There were several reasons for the departure, which was amicable and has been planned for a while, sources said. They included Kittlaus' family being in Chicago, a desire to take time off and an interest in brainstorming new entrepreneurial ideas.The report claims that Kittlaus left Apple just after the iPhone 4S launch but that his departure is not indicative of a mass exodus of the Siri team, as other key former Siri executives are remaining at Apple.

Article Link: Siri Co-Founder Dag Kittlaus Leaves Apple (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/24/siri-co-founder-dag-kittlaus-leaves-apple/)



soco
Oct 24, 2011, 07:36 AM
Hm, stayed around for the payoff and to make sure things went as planned, then out to work on what's next?

aikomhoch
Oct 24, 2011, 07:37 AM
Thanks for the tech and enjoy the payday!

thewitt
Oct 24, 2011, 07:38 AM
Considering Apple bought Siri for 800,000,000 this guy can probably go do about anything he wants...

mdriftmeyer
Oct 24, 2011, 07:44 AM
Well he was around for well over a year and a half. And no, they still have not disclosed the amount paid for Siri that I've found.

Widashy
Oct 24, 2011, 07:57 AM
Hope this won't affect future development of Siri...:)

applesith
Oct 24, 2011, 08:04 AM
Hm, stayed around for the payoff and to make sure things went as planned, then out to work on what's next?

He's the co-founder, so he should have the payoff and see that Siri gets off to a good start before leaving.

brookshanes
Oct 24, 2011, 08:21 AM
Hm, stayed around for the payoff and to make sure things went as planned, then out to work on what's next?

Thankfully his family means something to him. He should spend time with them because he probably never saw them when he was co-founding and selling Siri.

//EDIT: Wow, -2 for me saying he should be with his own family???

//EDIT part deux: Thanks for the upticks! Some family men and women out there after all!

aliensporebomb
Oct 24, 2011, 08:23 AM
"When last heard from, Kittlaus indicated he was going to spend the next three weeks rolling around on a big pile of money."

Good luck Dag!

GoCubsGo
Oct 24, 2011, 08:35 AM
Siri doesn't seem to understand who Dag Kittlaus is so I guess out of sight, out of mind!
:p

rdowns
Oct 24, 2011, 08:41 AM
Considering Apple bought Siri for 800,000,000 this guy can probably go do about anything he wants...

Where do you pull that number from?

hexor
Oct 24, 2011, 08:55 AM
I would not be surprised to find him show up next at Google.

thewitt
Oct 24, 2011, 09:12 AM
Where do you pull that number from?

Ah, wrong acquisition. Sorry.

Techcrunch reported 200,000,000+ not 800,000,000

scott911
Oct 24, 2011, 09:20 AM
Ah, wrong acquisition. Sorry.

Techcrunch reported 200,000,000+ not 800,000,000

no worries - I find it difficult to see much difference between either of those numbers!

Unless you're buying small countries, then maybe the extra cash would be useful:D

Diode
Oct 24, 2011, 09:21 AM
I would not be surprised to find him show up next at Google.

Ehh, people like this enjoy the start-up phase. He will prob take some time off, start something else, rinse and repeat.

cvaldes
Oct 24, 2011, 09:25 AM
Thankfully his family means something to him. He should spend time with them because he probably never saw them when he was co-founding and selling Siri.

//EDIT: Wow, -2 for me saying he should be with his own family???
Sensible commentary is not popular in this forum. You're lucky that a few munificent souls (including me) gave you plusses.

Welcome to MacRumors!

brookshanes
Oct 24, 2011, 09:38 AM
Sensible commentary is not popular in this forum. You're lucky that a few munificent souls (including me) gave you plusses.

Welcome to MacRumors!

Thanks for the upticks!

iforget
Oct 24, 2011, 10:32 AM
Siri, why did you co-founder leave Apple?

NAG
Oct 24, 2011, 10:39 AM
All the best to him and I hope whatever he does next is just as innovative.

ArtOfWarfare
Oct 24, 2011, 10:58 AM
Ehh, people like this enjoy the start-up phase. He will prob take some time off, start something else, rinse and repeat.

My understanding was that working at Apple had the feel of a perpetual startup company.

Gasu E.
Oct 24, 2011, 11:14 AM
//EDIT: Wow, -2 for me saying he should be with his own family???


I just gave you a "-1" for caring what other random people think.

MovieCutter
Oct 24, 2011, 12:17 PM
//EDIT: Wow, -2 for me saying he should be with his own family???

//EDIT part deux: Thanks for the upticks! Some family men and women out there after all!

People pay attention to that crap???

CFreymarc
Oct 24, 2011, 12:51 PM
Hm, stayed around for the payoff and to make sure things went as planned, then out to work on what's next?

Yes very well planned. He is riding the wave of the guy that made voice recognition workable after almost forty years of attempts. My guess is he'll get picked up by a competitor, make a non-infringing voice rec technology with the core engineers he worked with and double-dip to cash in. Have a good vacation first!

Prototypical
Oct 24, 2011, 12:54 PM
Ah, wrong acquisition. Sorry.

Techcrunch reported 200,000,000+ not 800,000,000

Man, only $100M for him instead of $400M? What a ripoff! :D

BC2009
Oct 24, 2011, 01:29 PM
This is a quite common post-acquisition occurrence for incoming executives. They are required to remain for a period in order to obtain some payoff and once they obtain it, they move on to the next venture they want to start.

HitchHykr
Oct 24, 2011, 01:39 PM
Siri, why did you co-founder leave Apple?

Siri responds:
"iforget, I do not understand your bad grammar"

iforget
Oct 24, 2011, 01:42 PM
Siri responds:
"iforget, I do not understand your bad grammar"

Siri, is you gunna teech me not make speling erroristakes in footure?

Celtic-moniker
Oct 24, 2011, 03:16 PM
Thankfully his family means something to him. He should spend time with them because he probably never saw them when he was co-founding and selling Siri.

//EDIT: Wow, -2 for me saying he should be with his own family???

//EDIT part deux: Thanks for the upticks! Some family men and women out there after all!

I've long found the 'ticks' on MacRumours to be indicative of only 1% of people whole probably read what you've wrote. And usually ticked by either trolls, or fully-fledged fanboys, which some to often be on here in the same quantities. :apple:

Not forgetting that the trolls are often the fanboys.

FX120
Oct 24, 2011, 03:57 PM
Man, only $100M for him instead of $400M? What a ripoff! :D

I am certain that he didn't end up with half of what ever the buyout was. The big money likely went back to the venture capital firms that financed Siri early on.

Winni
Oct 24, 2011, 09:13 PM
My understanding was that working at Apple had the feel of a perpetual startup company.

That's a romantic marketing myth. A company with more than 50,000 employees simply CANNOT feel like a startup. It's impossible from an organizational perspective. Everything beyond ten employees automatically becomes bureaucratic, it's a fact of life.

There will be some small research and design teams at Apple that are run like startups, but that won't be the general rule for everybody there. When people dream about working for Apple, they actually dream about being a member of one of those glorified R&D teams to which only a fistful of people ever make it. The chances of landing a job there are as high as cracking the jackpot in the lottery. Yes, there usually is one winner every week. I don't know about you, but I can tell you that this winner usually is not me. Getting in there has a lot to do with luck and knowing the right people. No matter what everybody says and wants to believe, but just being awesome at what you do never is enough to get there.

Ingot
Oct 25, 2011, 11:02 AM
Thankfully his family means something to him. He should spend time with them because he probably never saw them when he was co-founding and selling Siri.

//EDIT: Wow, -2 for me saying he should be with his own family???

//EDIT part deux: Thanks for the upticks! Some family men and women out there after all!

In my job I do not make a whole bunch of money. My wife does not make a whole bunch of money. I can't go globetrotting once a year (and that's economy). My toys are a couple of years old. I can't afford iPhone 4S and still on 3GS.

However I work 20 hours a week and get 3 months off a year. I get to spend time with my kids and be a chauffeur for their numerous activities while my wife is able to enjoy her career.

I really want to be rich but I am unwilling to give up my free and family time to do it. It has been said before, but most people on their deathbed do not wish they spent more time at work.

My humble simple thoughts.

kjs862
Oct 25, 2011, 11:03 PM
good luck Dag Kittlaus!