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What I Couldn't Say…

Opinions and insights from a former CEO

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Who’s Following Your Family?jonathanischwartzBinocularsMore than a genome.photoCareZone

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:00:35 +0000

Aren’t other people’s families fascinating? That’s why media companies obsess over adulterous public officials or celebrity drug arrests. It’s our own voyeurism—soap operas drive huge audiences. And access to those audiences is, after all, the product a media company sells … Continue reading (image)

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Donating to Autism SpeaksjonathanischwartzAutism Speaks Logo

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 03:37:04 +0000

I’d like to explain a donation my company’s making today to Autism Speaks—and to all parents facing autism. A little over a decade ago, my brother and his wife adopted a wonderful little boy from Romania, who was later diagnosed … Continue reading (image)

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The Thinking Behind CareZonejonathanischwartzCareZone Logo_MainCareZone Home Page

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:24:31 +0000

I’m launching a new business today – it’s called CareZone. I’ve spent roughly 25 years listening and responding to the technology needs of large institutions. It’s a great business. But having seen the benefits technology delivered to enterprises, I’ve always … Continue reading (image)

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Realigning the StarsjonathanischwartzSteveNeXTlhdGravitational Center of the Galaxy

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:13:32 +0000

I got to know Steve Jobs during a period when success eluded him. When he’d left Apple, and founded NeXT Computer, Inc. In 1989, a few friends and I started a software company, Lighthouse Design, that devoted itself to the … Continue reading (image)

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A Picture EmergesjonathanischwartzPictOH

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 16:22:23 +0000

As I tweeted this morning, I’m starting a company today with an old friend – our site’s We’re not saying much beyond “we’re focusing on the intersection of innovation and public health,” but we are starting to build out … Continue reading (image)

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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Stealjonathanischwartzimg_0577

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 18:48:37 +0000

I feel for Google – Steve Jobs threatened to sue me, too. In 2003, after I unveiled a prototype Linux desktop called Project Looking Glass*, Steve called my office to let me know the graphical effects were “stepping all over … Continue reading (image)

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An Individual’s Agendajonathanischwartz

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 00:13:49 +0000

It’s a lot harder writing a blog as an individual than as a Chief Executive. As a CEO, you have an obvious and explicit agenda in nearly all communications – drive awareness for the company, its products and ideas. The … Continue reading (image)

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Opening Upjonathanischwartz

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:16:20 +0000

I think I’ve said pretty much everything I could say as CEO of Sun Microsystems. The more interesting stuff was What I Couldn’t Say. And that’s what this blog (and maybe a book) is going to be about. Mostly.(image)

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Thanks for the Tweets.jonathanischwartz

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:44:45 +0000

To everyone who offered ideas and suggestions via Twitter @openjonathan or #jonathanbook, thank you, much appreciated – keep ’em coming. I’ll do my best to touch on what you’ve suggested.(image)

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Where Life Takes Me Nextjonathanischwartz

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 03:31:34 +0000

You’ve probably seen the news – the Sun/Oracle transaction has closed. With the passing of that milestone, I can once again speak freely. Having had nine months to accelerate down the runway, there’s not a doubt in my mind Oracle’s … Continue reading (image)

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