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What’s Next For James Gosling?

Jessica Thornsby

After announcing his departure from Sun/Oracle, James Gosling blogs about his thoughts on the future.

“I truly don’t know what I’m going to do next. I didn’t leave Oracle because I had some next great thing to go to. I’m feeling pretty burned out and trashed, so the only thing I know for certain is that I’ll be taking some time off,” writes James Gosling at his blog, following much speculation as to what the man often cited as the ‘Father of Java’ will do next.

He predicts that Oracle’s acquisition of Sun could lead to a sudden upsurge in the number of startup companies, claiming that part of Oracle’s acquisition policy involves making existing employees job offers, but with salary cuts. This, he states, is creating a situation where employees are leaving Sun/Oracle and looking for a new direction in which to take their career. However, Gosling is under no illusions, he knows that this isn’t an easy time to start up a new company. He claims that the traditional method of getting funding from venture capitalists has pretty much fallen apart, exit strategies are few and far between, and SOX compliance (aka the ‘Corporate and Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act’) has become increasingly expensive. Does this mean Gosling has been considering starting up a new company, and has dismissed the idea?

“One of my personality quirks that makes my “what’s next” question more difficult is that most of the things that interest me are science projects rather than sensible business plans. I’ll be having fun,” he concludes, cagily. Clearly, it’s a case of ‘watch this space.’

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