Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) search vet Doug Cutting is leaving to join open-source software management firm Cloudera. Cutting’s departure is the most recent in a stream of search and tech exec exits (with some staff leaving for *Microsoft*), and comes less than two weeks after the companies finally sealed their long-awaited search deal.
Cutting actually helped develop Hadoop, the open-source technology behind Cloudera’s products, so him leaving to work with the startup full time shouldn’t come as a surprise; he’ll start as an architect with the company in September. He told the NYT that he disliked the timing of the news, since it could be perceived as a protest against the search deal: “This has been in the works for awhile and is unrelated.”
But while Cutting may bear no ill will toward the deal because he’s headed out on his own terms — the 400 or so Yahoo search employees that may ultimately be fired or transferred to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) don’t have the same luxury. It will be worth noting whether there’s an even larger exodus of Yahoo search talent in the coming months, as possibly discouraged (or resentful) staff get tired of waiting for the final verdict.