Back in the days of Web 1.0, a.k.a. before the great crash of 2000, Scott McNealy, then CEO of SUN Microsystems was fond of saying, "The network IS the computer." Now that we’re in the world of Web 2.0 where the term "network" is more likely to mean your online social connections and less likely to be referring to routers and servers, one company, BrightIdea.com, is helping businesses build social networks as an innovation tool.
Yesterday, one of the longest tenures in the tech space came to an end when Scott McNealy, one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and for the last 21 years its CEO, announced he was stepping down (subscription required). The company has been struggling for years to extricate itself from the double whammy of the rise of Linux and the fall of dot-coms.
Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy has apparently apologized to the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to The New York Post. Scott had earlier called the SEC's actions to clean up the debris from all those corporate scandals "absolutely wacko."