Gur Kimchi is the overall Architect for Microsoft's Virtual Earth, Local Search and Mobile Search efforts. Gur oversees the architecture across Software, UX, SDK/Platform, Hardware, Datacenters and TCO/Performance/Utilization. Prior to Virtual Earth, Gur was Lead Program Manager for Microsoft?s Unified Communications managing the server side of Live Communications Server 2003, 2005 and Federation Pack. At the time Gur worked with Yahoo and AOL on the landmark Presence/IM/VoIP public federation agreement connecting over 500M consumers to each other and to enterprise customers running Microsoft UC.
Prior to Microsoft, Gur was a serial entrepreneur involved in starting 5 companies as Chief Architect, CTO/COO or EIR. The longest tenure prior to Microsoft was with VocalTec communications, the inventor of VoIP, between 1995 and 2002, where Gur was Chief Architect and helped to take the company public. Gur is married and has 3 kids, worked as a chef, plays classical violin and is a fanatic skier.