Bill Joy Returns to 'Sea Level' "The Sun executive who helped create BSD, co-founded Sun Microsystems and spearheaded Java has a new job: partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).
Q: Sun is a company full of smart people who always seem to be full of interesting ideas. Why hasn't it done better as a company?
Microsoft preyed on them. It's hard when somebody has an infinite amount of money and is breaking the law and decides to attack you. That it got settled for a huge amount of money, that wasn't by accident.
The story is not completely written on that company. Apple went through some tough times, too. Sun is trailing behind Apple in reinventing themselves. Where they might be in two or three years? The future is not knowable, but they're doing some smart things."