Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz will attempt to steer his career into a successful new phase with a startup health care IT Website named "Picture of Health."
Schwartz, the former CEO of Sun
Microsystems, has formed a health care IT firm with the corporate name of
Informed Biometry and the Website name Picture of Health
. Schwartz, who is also CEO
of the new company, told eWEEK in a Sept. 13 e-mail that the corporate name
will "fade into the background."
new venture's co-founder and CTO is Walter
Smith, a former developer, architect and development manager for Microsoft,
where he worked on Internet Explorer, Windows and MSN.
Smith was also a developer of the Newton OS at Apple and recently co-founded
the consumer Website design platform Jackson Fish Market
shared the news on his
on Sept. 9. Schwartz didn't get into details on the new
venture but noted that focusing on health was a "personal choice" for
both him and Smith. "Everyone cares about it in a deeply personal way
(it's tough to say the same about specialized microprocessors)," Schwartz
wrote. "Mums, Dads, children, friends, loved ones, nurses, doctors, even
insurance companies and governments-everyone on Earth, in one form or another,
cares about health and well-being."
this point, we're not discussing our target, beyond the application of
technology to public health," Schwartz wrote in a Sept. 13 e-mail to
eWEEK. "We are, however, hiring developers and designers." The
company's Website also notes that it's hiring software generalists.
a New York Times
interview, Schwartz reportedly hinted at
plans for software and services to help people track their information and for
an HIE (health information exchange) to allow patients and health care
providers to exchange information.
was CEO of Sun from 2006 to 2010. When he
left the company on Feb. 4, he did so by tweeting a haiku: "Financial
crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no
to the Times blog post at the time
, he was the first leader of a
Fortune 200 company to announce an exit using Twitter. According to the Times,
he was also the first company CEO to write a
places on Earth, the Internet is more accessible than electricity, clean water,
or basic sanitation," the new company states on its Picture of Health Website.
"That's an amazing proliferation, and an outstanding opportunity to apply
simple technologies to some of the world's most pressing problems. We're
setting out to do exactly that, focusing on the intersection of innovation and
Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems on Jan. 27
searched for a new role. In a regulatory filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission on June
8, 2009, Sun reported that Schwartz was to receive $12 million
as part of his
servers and workstations and Solaris enterprise software are now part of the
Oracle product portfolio.