R&D in Israel

I know it has been a bit since we signed this agreement, but I thought is worth the time to write a bit about this since I got my blogging SW up and going again.

Back in August Sun signed an agreement with the State of Israel to effectively collaborate on joint R&D. Essentially what this means is that Sun will now have access to a bunch of great resources and ideas coming out of Israel and in turn when we engage with a Israeli company on a collaborative R&D effort the government funds a portion of our joint effort. Great stuff.

I met with Dr. Eli Opper, the Chief Scientist of the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry. Boaz Yehuda, Sun's Israeli country manager was also present. We exchanged some formal comments on the agreement, well the geek in me came out so my comments were far more informal. After that we had a great chat about the current technology climate in Israel. We also chatted about Sun's history in Israel and Dr. Opper's time in the US and familiarity with Sun. There are so many great startups, technologies and resources based there. I hope that Sun will be able to leverage this wealth of ideas and people.

Here is to Sun's continued success in Israel.

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