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7/9/2014
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12 Tech Greats: Where Are They Now?

What happened to Rod Canion, Andy Grove, and their peers who shaped modern technology? Catch up on some original tech visionaries.
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Scott McNealy: Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Sun Microsystems
Under the leadership of McNealy and Bill Joy, Sun started out as one of several 1980s-era companies that delivered powerful networked workstations and servers to the engineering community. Eventually, Sun became a major player in the more general-purpose server business. It was a pioneer in the open systems world with Java, but critics said its allegiance to its own hardware kept it from being the software company that it could have become, particularly with its Solaris operating system.
With his toothy grin and his role as an industry thought leader, McNealy, now 59, was the face of the company, which saw success fade in the 2007-2008 timeframe. In 2010, Oracle purchased Sun for $7.4 billion.
Since leaving Sun, McNealy (@scottmcnealy) went on to found the Twitter products company Wayin and then Curriki,  an organization that provides free educational resources to those in need around the world. He describes himself as a capitalist, but others have referred to him as a libertarian.
McNealy was known around Silicon Valley as an avid hockey player and golfer. In June, he served as a caddy in the US Open golf tournament for his son, Maverick, who just finished his freshman year at Stanford University.

Scott McNealy: Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Sun Microsystems

Under the leadership of McNealy and Bill Joy, Sun started out as one of several 1980s-era companies that delivered powerful networked workstations and servers to the engineering community. Eventually, Sun became a major player in the more general-purpose server business. It was a pioneer in the open systems world with Java, but critics said its allegiance to its own hardware kept it from being the software company that it could have become, particularly with its Solaris operating system.

With his toothy grin and his role as an industry thought leader, McNealy, now 59, was the face of the company, which saw success fade in the 2007-2008 timeframe. In 2010, Oracle purchased Sun for $7.4 billion.

Since leaving Sun, McNealy (@scottmcnealy) went on to found the Twitter products company Wayin and then Curriki, an organization that provides free educational resources to those in need around the world. He describes himself as a capitalist, but others have referred to him as a libertarian.

McNealy was known around Silicon Valley as an avid hockey player and golfer. In June, he served as a caddy in the US Open golf tournament for his son, Maverick, who just finished his freshman year at Stanford University.

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7/26/2014 | 11:03:48 PM
Re: Where Are They Now?
@James     I thought I was missing something so I reviewed the list a number of times and I still don't see Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google .  

Surely debatable if they are Tech Greats at all but I would think (they are ) worthy of a mention.
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7/23/2014 | 8:03:28 AM
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Thanks, Technocrati. Any suggestions for people that we missed?
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7/23/2014 | 3:45:24 AM
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This was a really interesting look at tech giants and where they are now.  Thanks James !

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7/11/2014 | 9:01:14 AM
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@Brian Dean. Right, Lanier isn't a household name but he's had an impact on many fronts.
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7/11/2014 | 7:02:56 AM
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I wonder if computational power needs to increase in order of SETI to deliver results, meaning that data has been collected but not yet processed. Or are computers already fast enough to process all the data that has already been collected and the primary need is to collect more data. Overall, SETI is an extremely interesting project.
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7/11/2014 | 6:53:38 AM
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@James, it is amazing how a pioneer can revolutionize a number of disciplines. For example, Jaron Lanier, virtual reality helps so many engineers to test products and concepts in a controlled environment (simulations) -- has helped students to learn at a quicker pace. Universe Sandbox is a good example, and many video games also have a learning aspect to them.
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7/10/2014 | 4:07:03 PM
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That's right! Thanks for the refresher... I should have remembered that Sculley was there when Woz left.
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7/10/2014 | 12:54:24 PM
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@jamescon- I was jsut talking about this with someone and they asked what Maverick's middle name was. Turns out it is Scott (I was hoping that was where Goose came in). But in looking up the middle name I discovered that McNealy named all of his kids after cars. His dad was Vice Chairman of American Motors and he grew up in Detroit. 

All the names are cars with native American connections. 

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2002-03-31/a-talk-with-scott-mcnealy

 

 
David Wagner
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7/10/2014 | 12:45:45 PM
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@Jamescon- That's cool, too. But then I'm sad he didn't name a kid "Rooster."
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7/10/2014 | 9:08:52 AM
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@Alison. Everything I've heard about Woz indicates that he wanted to do engineering rather than run a big company. It seems like he is more of a hands-on techie with a leaning toward running a startup if being the CEO of anything. Also, when Woz left Apple it wasn't under Jobs but John Sculley. Jobs left in 1985 to do NeXt, and Sculley stayed on until 1993. I didn't realize until I just looked it up that Sculley was there for 10 years.
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