Hanging around with smart people
By roger on May 27, 2007
My name is Roger Meike. I'm Senior Director of Area 51 and Assistant Director of Sun Labs (the research arm of Sun Microsystems). This means that I work with the geniuses who brought you Java and other ground breaking technologies. We are tasked with providing the future vision for an already forward looking company. I can tell you that the researchers in a world class institution like Sun Labs are all top notch. To a person, they are brilliant, committed and skilled. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, but this place certainly can be humbling. Sometimes it's a challenge just keeping up.
I used to work in the music industry on one of the first digital audio workstations. It was there that I learned an old musician's joke that I like. "Drummers are people who hang around with musicians." Since I play keyboards, I found this rather humorous. Here in Sun Labs I feel more like the drummer. Managers in a world class research institution like this are people who like hanging around with smart people.
Join me on this blog as I relay the work of some really smart people and give you a ringside seat to watch real innovation as it happens.