Yet another catch

Spring creator Rod Johnson joins Hazelcast board

Elliot Bentley

Australian entrepreneur adds in-memory data grid company to growing portfolio of startups.

Johnson, creator of the Spring Framework, is to join Hazelcast, the company behind the
in-memory data grid technology of the same name. The move is part
of an investment round, which saw Johnson and Bain Capital Ventures
together inject a total of $2.5 million into the startup.

Hazelcast was founded in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008 off the back
of an open source project. The company has since opened offices in
Palo Alto, and Bain Capital MD Salil Desphande claims that
Hazelcast is “positioned to clean up in a market that Gartner says
will be worth a billion dollars by 2016”.

The investment is particularly notable, however, due to the
involvement of Johnson. The Australian developer and entrepreneur
created the highly influential Spring Framework for Java in 2003,
and cofounded SpringSource – later purchased by VMware – off the
back of its success.

However, in July 2012 he
announced his departure
from VMware, and in effect Spring, to
“pursue other interests”. He then set tongues wagging with a

position on the board of Scala creators Typesafe
in September
(in which he continues
to be “actively involved”).

Alongside Typesafe and now Hazelcast, Johnson has also invested
in – and serves on boards of – the companies behind graph database
Neo4j, real-time JavaScript platform Meteor and search engine
Elastisearch. InfoQ
that news of a further two board positions will be announced “in
the next few weeks”.
 [Corrected Sep 20]

It appears that, a year on from his departure, Johnson’s
post-Spring plan isn’t just to help kill Java with Scala, but to
spread his open-source business knowledge throughout the industry.
And perhaps make some cash on the side while he’s at it.

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