The Life of Scott McNealy: Pioneer in the Technology Industry

On this day, November 13 in the year 1954, one of the pioneers in the computer technology industry was born in Indiana, United Sates. His name is Scott McNealy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

Scott McNealy
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Scott McNealy was the son of an executive of the former American Motors Company which was acquired by Chrysler in 1987. He grew up in Detroit City and finished high school at Cranbrook in Michigan. He obtained a degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He went to work in his father’s company and later, he became the director of manufacturing in a computer company.

In 1982, Scott McNealy was invited by Vinod Khosla, a fellow alumnus of Stanford, to become a partner in organizing and managing the business side of a new technology company. Thus Sun Microsystems was born. In 1984, Vinod left the company and Scott took over as CEO. He remained in that position until 2006.

Under the management of Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems grew into a reliable supplier of computer hardware, software, and information technology services. It created the popular Java programming language for internet applications. It went public in 1986 and by 1988, it had sales of over a $1 billion. The company was sold to Oracle Corporation in 2009 for $7.4 billion. The sale was completed in 2011.

In 2011, Scott founded another company called Wayin which he hoped to position as a self-service platform for businesses to market and advertise their product efficiently online.

Scott McNealy is married to Susan and has 4 children.


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