Dodgeball founders quit Google

Dodgeball founder Dennis Crowley posted on his blog this morning that he and co-founder Alex Rainert have ditched their Google-owned mobile networking company.

"It's no real secret that Google wasn't supporting dodgeball the way we expected," Crowley wrote in the entry, which CNET was alerted to via a link from Robert Scoble's blog. "We couldn't convince them that dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space." Crowley could potentially have been referring to Twitter, a Dodgeball rival that's been getting over the past few months.

Google had purchased Dodgeball almost two years ago.

He continued: "While it was a tough decision (and really disappointing) to walk away from dodgeball, I'm actually looking forward to getting to work on other projects again."

Crowley will move on to "big gaming" company area/code, and Rainert has taken a job as a creative strategist at Icon Nicholson.

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