Scott McNealy: Opening sourcing education
For 25 years, the words coming out of Scott McNealy's mouth have been the best compass for ascertaining the direction in which Sun Microsystems was headed at any given moment. From pronouncements such as 1999's "software will all go free" to his screeds against Microsoft, McNealy has seldom hesitated to provide color commentary on the tech industry and on Sun's ever-evolving strategy. And, in many ways, the company's tenacity and predilection toward reinvention has been a reflection of McNealy's own personality as much as anything else.
McNealy helped found Sun in 1982 as vice president of operations and later became CEO, completing a transformation from UAW shop foreman to Silicon Valley entrepreneur that was set in motion as a student at Harvard. It was a job he would stay in for 22 years before handing company reins to Jonathan Schwartz in April of 2006.
These days, McNealy stays busy as Sun's Chairman and chief booster. He's also pouring his energies into Curriki, a nonprofit he spun off from Sun in January that provides free, Web-based curricula and resources to teachers, students, and parents.
-- Jason Snyder