Google Hires Ruba Team

Posted May 25, 2010

Google has hired the team behind online travel guide website The team behind Ruba will be working on iGoogle and other projects.

Ruba offered a way to browse through cities and world attractions through photo guides. The website was founded by Mike Cassidy. Cassidy also previously created a website called Xfire, which sold to Viacom for $102 million in 2006.

Below is a blog post that Ruba published.

Hi friends, fans, and Ruba community members ? exciting news from the Ruba team. We are thrilled to announce our team will be joining Google! As of Monday, May 24, we?ll be moving into the Google headquarters. We are totally excited to be joining such an amazing company.

For the past 15 months, we?ve worked to create a unique and fun visual travel site and community focused on guides, photos, maps, and interactive tour listings to improve the online travel research experience. The Ruba community has written amazing travel reviews which have inspired our own journeys and hopefully yours as well.

We want to thank the entire Ruba community (guide writers, local experts, bloggers, and more) for all you?ve done along the way. We?d also like to thank our tour operator partners for sharing their tours on our site. Thank you for sharing your feedback, ideas, and of course your travel tips and experiences with our community.