Sun Microsystems CEO: “We almost died”

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Yesterday I sat down with Sun Microsystems‘ CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, and Tim Marsland, Sun’s CTO in charge of Solaris, and had a wide-ranging discussion from his pitch to Steve Jobs as to why Apple should include the Java runtimes on the new iPhone to Schwartz’ surviving a train wreck back in the 1980s and how that had a profound effect on his leadership skills.

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28 Responses to “Sun Microsystems CEO: “We almost died””

  1. Jonathan Bruce Says:

    Love the format for this. Am particularily interested in Schwartz opinions on the iPhone - I hope he is also wrong in terms of whether applications for the iPhone will be able to be built or not.

  2. Gary Russo Says:

    Much respect for Jonathan Schwartz.

    Now I see why McNealy made him Sun’s big cheese.

    Much thanks to Scobes, Jonathan and Tim Marsland. It was inspirational show.

  3. Jonathan Schwartz, up close and personal » Mathew Ingram: Says:

    […] I have to say right off the top that I haven’t really acquired the taste for Robert Scoble’s video-blogging or podcasting (or whatever we’re calling it now) over at I liked reading his blog from time to time — in some cases for the comments — but I just haven’t gotten into the video stuff for whatever reason. But I watched his recent interview with Sun Microsystems’ CEO Jonathan Schwartz and I thought it was pretty good. […]

  4. Corporate Blogging « mere funde Says:

    […] He admits in this post how his admin screwed up and apologises to Matt Mullenweg (the brilliant guy who brings us Wordpress). Now I am sure that no PR department wrote or edited it but makes you feel that they listen. Meanwhile you can also watch his interesting interview with Scoble. Filed under: Wordpress, Blogging, Sun, Scoble, Jonathan Schwartz   |   […]

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  6. Tony Bivona Says:

    Good Morning Jonathan,

    I would just like to say hats off to you my friend…That interview was awesome…I have been working for a company for the past 20 years and like you, almost saw it go down the tubes…When I came on board, the company was floundering…With the hiring of a friend of mine, and then myself, they started hiring people that actually cared about there customers, who got them to listen to a new message, and stuck by that message…The message was, I care and want to help…Tell me what it was that we did wrong, and let us fix it…And if we can’t fix the past, then let us make up for the sins that our company made…If you truly continue to listen to past customers as well as potential new ones and here there message loud and clear, and fix what has been wrong for so long (Which you are doing), I truly believe that you and Sun will hit major home runs…After reading some of the comments posted after this web interview, it still sounds like you have a bit of work to do…But you are winning them back one and 2 at a time…And that I am happy to see…I wish you lots of luck, and hope that things continue to go well for you…This comment is from a long term investor who has stuck with you guys for approximately 6-8 years…You know the old saying from the honeymooners…To the moon Alice…That will happen to Sun’s stock over the next 3 years…(I guess we should change that slogan to To Mars Alice…:):)

    Take Care!
    Tony Bivona

    P.S. Jonathan, I hope to hear back from you some time in the future, as I know you are one busy dude…

  7. On Influence and Automation Says:

    Learn about Sun and Jonathon Shwartz in this great Interview…

    A year and a half ago I happened to be sitting across a table from Jonathon Schwartz at the first Mashup Camp and actually didn’t know who he was.
    My CMO, Chris Baggott, pointed him out to me and then we sat and watched him get interviewed by C…

  8. SunRox Says:


    things you need to improve upon

    1. dont interject when somebody is speaking. mike krazny on kqed does a good job, when he interjects it does it at the right time and it doesnt look like an interruption

  9. CaVagrant Says:

    Better lighting might help the visuals.

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  11. jimothy Says:

    Yeah, Johnathon. Apple doesn’t want NASCAR fans to buy their phones. It’s a conspiracy against NASCAR fans.

    Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

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  15. iPhone and Neonode N2 paired - Says:

    […] I’m not in favor of any of the two devices. To use / paraphrase Jonathan’s Schwartz words in a recent Scoble interview [I think it was “We almost died”], the iPhone and Neonode N2 made the industry a bit prouder. If you ask me, i’d definitely buy these brilliant mobile phones. N2 is small, sexy and customizable and will be available in Greece in a few days. The iPhone is big, beautiful and feature rich (kind of) but it won’t be available in Greece until January i think. […]

  16. kum Says:

    Jonathan is really too smart……..

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