Former Sun chief scientist and co-founder Bill Joy has joined Silicon Valley's premier venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) as a partner.
The co-founder of Sun Microsystems is also known as "the other Bill", the first Bill being Microsoft's Bill Gates, for the part he played in the development of the IT industry.
The venture capital firm and Joy go back a long time. The firm's John Doerr sponsored the first investment in Sun Microsystems back in 1982, when only Joy, current Sun CEO Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim and Vinod Khosla were on the company's payroll. Doerr still works for the KPCB.
Khosla too is a partner with KPCB. Bechtolsheim left Sun in 1995, but returned to the server vendor in February 2003 and is now working on developing servers that use AMD x86 Opteron processors.
Bill Joy left Sun in September 2003. He had long since retreated to Aspen in Colorado, where he headed up a branch of Sun Labs. Aspen just happens to be one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the world, so naturally Sun scientists were fighting each other over a chance to work at the remote location.
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