Web search leader Google Inc. Thursday said the head of its Web log service, Blogger, will leave at the end of the week to pursue other interests.
Evan Williams -- the co-founder and chief executive of Pyra Labs, which created the Web self-publishing tool Blogger and was acquired by Google early last year -- on Monday announced his departure on his own blog, http://www.evhead.com/.
"As of this Friday, I will no longer be employed by Google," he wrote.
"A few months ago, I started getting the itch to start another company," said Williams, who did not elaborate on his plans. "I might pay attention to other parts of life for a while first."
Williams said he he was parting on good terms.
"Leaving was entirely my decision. They even offered that I could start something else within the company, if I wanted," he said.
Industry watchers expect that scores of Google employees, soon to be enriched by the company's recent $1.67 billion initial public offering, would contemplate other options, following .the lead of workers at other Silicon Valley companies that had successful IPOs.