Executive VP Of Software For Sun Microsystems
Interview by Larry Greenemeier
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Green became responsible for Java in 1999, and he worked to increase its potential for application portability. "I saw opportunities to move Java to mobile devices and servers," he says. "But it took awhile before cell phones were powerful enough to do more than just make phone calls."
Green drives a hybrid Toyota Prius. "It's absurd to build a device that's wasteful," he says. Before that, he drove a General Motors EV1, the electric car GM discontinued in 2004, which he charged by plugging it in at home or on Sun's campus. "It was zero emission and perfectly quiet."
Green left Sun in 2004 to help found Cassatt, a maker of system virtualization software. "I wanted to move to something much smaller where I could more broadly impact all aspects of the business."
There's been a transition in the computing world from applications to content, Green says. "You don't run things, you play things."
Green returned to Sun in May 2006, excited at the company's embrace of open source. "After 14 years at Sun, it's a hard place to get out of your blood," he says. "I'm in the same office I was in when I left. I can see the Dumbarton Bridge from here."