Feeds

Ex-Sun CEO sees rosy future in health

Synergies Ahoy!

The essential guide to IT transformation

Former Sun Microsystems chief executive Jonathan Schwartz has opted for the hard life of Silicon Valley startup rather than running another Fortune 500 mega corp into the ground.

Schwartz has blogged that he is teaming up with an old friend to form something called PictureOfHealth.com, and Schwartz will serve as chief executive.

Sun's last CEO isn't actually saying what the company will do, but saidy: "We're focusing on the intersection of innovation and public health."

Former Reg writer turned New York Times journo Ashlee Vance squeezed a tad more out of Schwartz, who talked vaguely about leveraging technology in pursuit of better health.

Apparently, Schwartz is using the new site to try and recruit people to whatever it is he's trying to build. "We want people that love math and what we're doing," he said.

Schwartz and Sun co-founder and chairman Scott McNealy sold Sun to Larry Ellison's Oracle in deal that closed earlier this year following a protracted European anti-trust probe.

Under McNealy, Sun's server business prospered from the early 2000s dot-com boom, but the company as a whole was unable to recover from the crash. Quarterly results stayed in or around the red while its Unix and Java middleware business lost market share despite Schwartz's insistence the web meant a mass market of developers and consumers that would see Sun prosper.

Schwartz left Sun in February, after the Oracle deal closed, with a $12m package. Since then, he's gone on to join the board of HR software company Taleo.

Joining Schwartz at PictureOfHealth is chief technology officer Walter Smith who started his career at Apple working on the Apple Newton and who also helped develop and build Internet Explorer, several versions of Windows, and MSN while employed at Microsoft. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.