Sidebar: New Chapters Opening for Former Sun CEO
Two years after the digestion of Sun into Oracle in January 2010,
Schwartz's professional life is taking new turns into the private
sector. He has stakes in hot IT markets such as enterprise social
networking and collaboration (Moxie Software, board member), cloud-based
job placement (Taleo, board member), smart-grid networking (Silver
Spring Networks, board member) and health care (the forthcoming Picture
originally was named nGenera, but it changed identities in 2010.
CEO Tom Kelly, who brought Schwartz to the company board in fall 2011,
clearly is aiming his company to become the most user-friendly social
media application suite available. Moxie offers both customer-facing and
employee-facing software and has done exhaustive research on what users
want to see in a social/collaborative network. Its main offering for
internal social media is called Employee Spaces.
Silver Spring Networks
, founded as in 2002 as Real Time Techcomm, filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public
offering. The company makes Web-enabled devices that connect homes with
businesses -- items such as smart meters and electric-car-charging
stations. It counts among its customers Florida Power & Light,
Pacific Gas & Electric, and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company,
among others. The company said that it currently has orders for 17
million of its devices; 8 million were networked as of June 30, 2011.
provides a cloud-based
talent/training/salary/recruiting-management software suite. Its
purpose-built infrastructure is designed to manage a large number of
users and transactions while providing a high level of security. Because
it is a public-facing system used by millions of candidates a day,
Taleo has to deliver an easy-to-use and scalable result. The company has
a diverse ecosystem of third-party services that include background
checks, assessments and tax credit screening. So it's a full-time
The company claims it has more than 5,000 customers, including about half of the Fortune 100 companies.