More on Silicon Valley: Visit to Sun Microsystems

Escrito el 3 Junio 2008 por Ricardo Pérez Garrido en Educación / Education

Wednesday afternoon, after our time in Electronic Arts with the Sims team, we moved to Sun EBC in Menlo Park, where we had the opportunity to meet Brian Moriarty, VP of Corporate Development & Alliances and Rick Moss, Senior Director of Corporate Development (they are the ones in the photo). We spent some time talking about the strategies of growth and innovation of Sun, especially in the open source arena. The balance of internal research and external acquisitions was also an issue to discuss. Although they have gone through difficult times, you could see that they have a clear orientation towards creating their own space in the relationship hardware-open software. Will be very interesting to see how it plays out.

After this interesting talk we moved to Santa Clara to visit Sun’s ECO Data Center. It was great to see imagination, invention and innovation (the one that brings benefits to a company, in this case huge savings), play along in a way that was intended to reduce pollution, consumption of electricity and costs, and that is (at least in my opinion) going to bring revenues and new ideas to Sun. The reasons and description of the project, how it was developed with the intervention of all the stakeholders and oriented to experimentation… how it is bringing new and revolutionary ideas on how to reduce electricity costs or ventilation efforts… all in all a great example of invention then innovation.
An then back to the hotel in San Francisco for a conference on Venture Capital and investment in the Valley by Michele Libraro, founder of Global Startups¦ but that is another story.


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