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Sun's John Gage joins Al Gore in clean-tech investing

Man who coined the phrase "the network is the computer" has left Sun Microsystems to become a venture capitalist with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Stefanie Olsen Staff writer, CNET News
Stefanie Olsen covers technology and science.
Stefanie Olsen

John Gage, the man who coined the phrase "the network is the computer," has left Sun Microsystems to become a venture capitalist.

Gage, Sun's fifth employee and its former chief researcher, will join the venerable firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to help grow its investments in clean technology.

Gage, which left Sun on June 1, said to the San Francisco Chronicle: "Everything we built at Sun sucks power. We've got to make a difference in where power comes from and how it's used."

Gage's departure follows a grim fiscal third quarter for Sun. In May, the server and software company announced a net loss for the three months that ended in March; and it said that it would cut between 1,500 and 2,500 jobs. The company had 34,400 employees at the end of the quarter. Now it has one less high-profile position.

Gage will join former Vice President Al Gore in KPCB's green-tech investing group. He will also rejoin former Sun boss Bill Joy, who's a partner at the venture firm.

Apart from his work at Sun, Gage is known for creating NetDay, a volunteer project established in 1995. It called on high-tech companies to commit resources to schools, libraries, and clinics worldwide so that they could connect to the Internet.