Bill Joy

Computer Scientist

1954 –


Who is Bill Joy?

Bill Joy, longtime KP Limited Partner, joined KPCB as Partner in January 2005.At

KP he helps entrepreneurs advance the Internet, develop wireless

innovations, and find new ways of using large scale computing to solve

the most difficult problems. He also looks to help entrepreneurs who

have discoveries and inventions that can solve energy and resource

problems, and helps them apply 21st century advances in physics,

chemistry and the natural sciences to help create abundance.Bill

Joy was Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems. He led Sun's technical

strategy from the founding of the company in 1982 until September,

2003. While at Sun, Bill was a key designer of Sun technologies,

including Solaris, SPARC, chip architectures and pipelines, and Java.

In 1995 he installed the first city-wide WiFi network. Bill has more

than 40 patents issued or in progress.Before co-founding Sun,

Bill designed and wrote Berkeley UNIX, the first open source operating

system with built-in TCP/IP, making it the backbone of the Internet.

Bill's many contributions were recognized in a Fortune cover story

which called him the "Edison of the Internet." He is currently one of the board memberof SpikeSource, a software company which distributes, integrates, manages and supports open source solutions.Bill has a

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of

Michigan, a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of

California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Engineering, honoris causa, from

the University of Michigan. Bill is a member of the National Academy of

Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a

trustee of the Aspen

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Nov 8, 1954
Also known as
  • William Nelson Joy
  • Paganism
  • United States of America
  • Doctorate, University of Michigan
  • Master's Degree, University of California, Berkeley
    Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan
    Electrical engineering
  • Stanford University
  • Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers
    (2005/01 - )
  • Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Sun Microsystems
    (1982 - 2003/09)
Lived in
  • Colorado
  • Michigan

on July 23, 2013


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