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Sep 05, 2003, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"In the late 1990s, while working as a sales engineer at Sun Microsystems, I decided that I wanted to do something more technical, more on the programming side of things. I was interested in developing an application server, a program that manages the applications for an enterprise, using Java, a Sun programming language with which I was familiar. Open Source, whereby a developer licenses the code to users at no cost, was just coming into its own at the time. Users could run the program, and access the source code or even modify it, at no charge.

"Given the business climate at that time, I felt that there was a good likelihood of finding venture capitalists to fund the project. In other words, once I firmed up the product, I could stay focused on the product while the suits could figure out how to make money and build a real company around it..."

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