Scott McNealy's emotional farewell: Sun set to be Oracle's

So goodbye, Scott McNealy. Your company, Sun Microsystems, broke the mold and made more than $200B over 28 years. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pay tribute to a departing leader.

By Richi Jennings. January 27, 2010.
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Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention a Haiti charity infographic...
 
 
John Oates got the memo:

One of Silicon Valley's last true characters has signed off - Sun founder Scott McNealy has sent a final goodbye memo. ... His swansong email does not disappoint. ... McNealy said there was an interesting book to be written about Sun, but he wasn't going to write it. He said the company was sometimes better at inventing stuff than making money.
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Finally McNealy said Sun was 'way more fun than any other company. By far. From our dress code (You must!) to beer busts to our April Fools' pranks to SunRise..."
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Ben Worthen confirms the inevitable:

Oracle ... prepares to close its long-delayed acquisition of computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. On Tuesday Sun delisted itself from the Nasdaq Stock Market, a sign that the takeover was nearly complete, though no formal announcement was made.
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Oracle announced in April its intention to acquire Sun for $7.4 billion, but the acquisition was delayed by an in-depth review by European antitrust regulators. ... Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz and some other top Sun executive won't have roles at Oracle, according to people familiar with the matter.
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John Paczkowski pokes fun:

Sun’s leadership is saying its goodbyes. Last week, we heard from Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who–as I reported yesterday–will soon resign his position. Today, it’s Sun co-founder Scott McNealy who is bidding farewell. Sources close to the company tell me that he too will leave Sun.
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Word of McNealy’s fate comes a day before Oracle is to unveil its strategy for Oracle and Sun at an event tomorrow.
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Dean Takahashi sees the irony:

I had the chance to watch McNealy on stage many times and to interview him face-to-face. He was always performing some kind of role. As a statesman, clown, practical joker, visionary etc. But this memo is not full of marketing dreck. It’s one of those rare expressions of a founder’s emotional attachment to his company.
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It is appropriate that McNealy is selling his company to another valley icon ... Larry Ellision. It makes me feel like this is one general surrendering his sword to another. McNealy was a character and a historic figure. Like many of the icons of the valley, he had deep flaws. We will miss his presence, but it is indeed time for him to go and to close a chapter of Silicon Valley history.
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Stephen Shankland agrees:

The memo, sent Tuesday under the subject line 'Thanks for a great 28 years,' has more genuine emotion than you'll see in a year's worth of official communications from most corporate leaders.
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Sun's Jim Grisanzio concurs:

I think those of us who have worked with Scott or interacted with him in any way would agree. It's something you feel and you feel it right away.
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And M. Zack Urlocker adds his well-wishes:

I met Scott McNealy several times over the last year in customer meetings and to talk about Sun's open source strategy. He's a class act all the way.
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And finally...

Richi Jennings, your humble blogwatcher
  Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, or richij on FriendFeed, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: itblogwatch@richij.com.

 
 
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