It’s bad enough that Google Wallet co-founding engineer Rob von Behren left the Google Wallet team (following several others out the door). It’s worse that he left Google. But subsequently joining Square is the ultimate kick in the nuts.
As is von Behren’s entire comment to NFC Times:
When I left the Google Wallet project in January, I fully expected to stop working in payments but to remain at Google. After meeting the team at Square, however, I decided to do the opposite. Square is doing some great things in the payment space. They have a strong leadership team and a culture that fosters innovation.
The unstated implication there is that Google is not doing some great things in the payment space. Nor do they have a strong leadership team. Nor do they have a culture that fosters innovation.
This just keeps getting worse and worse for Google.