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Sun Microsystems’ Founders Take Center Stage at the Computer History Museum


Silicon Valley Icons Discuss Technology Industry’s Living History and Vision for its Future

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - January 11, 2006 - The four founders of Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) - Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy and Vinod Khosla - take the stage at the Computer History Museum tonight as part of the Odysseys in Technology speaker series sponsored by Sun Microsystems Laboratories. In a rare appearance, the Silicon Valley icons will reflect on their early days at Sun and on the evolution and future directions of the technology industry. The panel discussion can be viewed beginning on January 16 via webcast by visiting

Scott McNealy currently serves as Sun Microsystems’ Chairman and CEO. Andy Bechtolsheim is Sun’s Chief Architect and senior vice president of the Network Systems Group. Bill Joy served as Sun’s Chief Scientist until 2003, and is now a partner with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Vinod Khosla is a general partner of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, where he has been since 1986. Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers was one of the original venture investors in Sun. John Doerr, a general partner with the investment firm, serves on Sun’s board. Moderating the panel is John Gage, Sun’s Chief Researcher and vice president of Sun’s Science Office.

“In 1982, we were just a group of young guys who believed The Network is the Computer. Today, I’m proud to say this principle still guides Sun’s business and is driving many of today’s prominent innovations, trends and business models,” said Scott McNealy. “It’s great to be back on stage with this group of big minds and talk about the history and evolution of Silicon Valley, the future of the network, and what this all means as we enter a new age of participation on the global network.”

“This is a unique opportunity to hear stories and insights from four individuals who have had tremendous personal impact on the computing-related industry,” said John Toole, Computer History Museum executive director and CEO. “The Computer History Museum is proud to present this event, through our partnership with Sun Labs.”

About Odysseys in Technology

Odysseys in Technology, The Computer History Museum Speaker Series Sponsored by Sun Microsystems Laboratories presents people and perspectives behind extraordinary innovations and advancements in the computer technology-related world. Each event in the Series provides stimulating interaction with authentic experts whose achievements have transformed how things are done or viewed, and examines how their personal stories might inform the present and future. These programs occasionally feature technologies or point events, with the objective to apply lessons of history to present day understanding and inspiration. For more information, please visit

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, a public benefit organization with a 25-year history as part of the former Boston Computer Museum, preserves and presents for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. The Museum is dedicated to exploring the social impact of computing and is home to the world’s largest collection of computing-related items -- from hardware (mainframes, PCs, handhelds, integrated circuits), to software, to computer graphics systems, to the Internet and networking -- and contains many rare objects such as the Cray-1 supercomputer, the Apple I, the WWII ENIGMA, the PalmPilot prototype, and the 1969 Honeywell “Kitchen Computer.” The collection also includes photos, films, videos, documents, publications, and advertising and marketing materials.

Currently in its first phase, the Museum brings computing history to life through its popular speaker series, seminars, oral histories and workshops. The Museum also offers self-guided and docent-led tours of Visible Storage, where nearly 600 objects from the collection are on display. A new exhibit, “Mastering The Game: A History of Computer Chess,” opened in September 2005. Please check the Web site for open hours. Future phases will feature full museum exhibits and educational programs, including a timeline of computing history, theme galleries, a research center, and much more. For more information, please visit or call 650.810.1010.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- “The Network Is The Computer” -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.


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