Bechtolsheim's Back

Bechtolsheim's Back

Maybe it was the fact that ex-Sun COO Ed Zander finally got himself a real job running Motorola that inspired Sun co-founder, inventor of the workstation and serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim to throw in the towel at Cisco, where he's been holed up as general manager of its gigabit switching business since Cisco bought Andy's Granite Systems for $220 million and light out with a new start-up he won't talk about. There's speculation that what he's up to involves the stealth mode Kealia Inc in Palo Alto, which he's funding and which is supposedly headed towards some kind of big fat distributed video server and storage. Even at Cisco Andy was reportedly into this convergence thing of entertainment meets the Internet and how to protect copyrights. Andy, by the way, funded the German company that wrote StarOffice until Sun rode to his rescue and bought him out from under. Then it had to figure out what to do with it.

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