‘Culture clash’ claims another victim
Java founder James Gosling has confirmed he is leaving Oracle, just months after the computing giant completed its takeover of Sun Microsystems.
Gosling joins the list of Sun employees that have left the organisation since Oracle’s $7.4bn acquisition was completed. Co-founder, former CEO and chairman Scott McNealy left in January this year, while Jonathan Schwartz announced his resignation as CEO via his Twitter feed not long after.
Now Gosling has followed them out of the door. “Yes, indeed, the rumours are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago,” he wrote on his personal blog.
“As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. I don’t know what I’m going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting,” he added.
Before Oracle swooped for Sun Microsystems, the firm entered into negotiations with IBM. Gosling spoke to CBR about the proposed takeover and said that, “There would definitely be a culture clash. We’re definitely weirder than they are. We grew up from a bunch of hippies, almost with flowers in our hair.”
It seems that Gosling’s worries over a culture clash with IBM may have applied to Oracle as well.