Feb 10, 2011

Former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy says the future of Silicon Valley is bleak

I see a migration from the early days of the Valley. We aren't doing manufacturing; we aren't doing design; we aren't doing computers. It's all moving to Asia and other places where there are lots of technical engineers who are willing to work at a more reasonable salary because they don't have to spend $3.5 million on a home and pay half of it to taxes.

I think every new transition has created less job opportunity as technology has become very leveraged. I don't think our education system, our regulations, our government policies have kept pace with the changes that technology is driving.

Maybe I'm sounding like an old guy, but [Silicon Valley] ain't what it used to be. I, for one, don't think this is the best place in the world to start a company.

I'm having the time of my life, but I'm an old guy. I'm not young with my whole future in front of me. My kids are the ones who are going to have to learn Mandarin. I've suggested that to all four of them.

~Scott McNealy, former CEO, Sun Microsystems, The Wall Street Journal, "Former Sun CEO Worries About Region's Prospects", February 10, 2011

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