John Gage

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John Gage
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John Gage
Born John Burdette Gage
Long Beach, CA
Citizenship USA
Nationality USA
Fields Computer science
Institutions Sun Microsystems, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers , Neofocal
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Kennedy School, Alliance Française, Newport Harbor High School
Known for VP at Sun
Co-founder of NetDay, JavaOne

John Burdette Gage (born 1942) was the 5th employee of Sun Microsystems,[1] where he is credited with creating the phrase: "The network is the computer."[1] He served as Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun,[2] until leaving on June 9, 2008 to join Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner to work on green technologies for global warming; he departed KPCB in 2010 to apply what he had learned "to broader issues in other parts of the world".[3][4][5] He is also best known as one of the co-founders of NetDay in 1995.


Gage received his bachelor's degree in 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley.[6] He also attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Business School. Gage had worked at Berkeley with Bill Joy, the person largely responsible for the authorship of Berkeley UNIX, also known as BSD, from which springs many modern forms of UNIX, including Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD.[7] Gage joined Sun Microsystems in 1982 with Bill Joy and others.

In June, 2008, Gage retired from Sun Microsystems and joined Kleiner Perkins as a venture capitalist along with Al Gore.[8] He left Kleiner Perkins in 2010.


President Bill Clinton installing computer cables with Vice President Al Gore on NetDay at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, CA. March 9, 1996.

With Michael Kaufman Gage founded NetDay in 1995. NetDay "called on high-tech companies to commit resources to schools, libraries, and clinics worldwide so that they could connect to the Internet."[8] It was endorsed by President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore who were active participants in NetDay'96.[9] In 1998, Gage was awarded the ACM Presidential Award by Chuck House, the President of the ACM for his work on NetDay.[10]


  1. ^ a b Stefanie Olsen (2008-06-09). "Sun's John Gage joins Al Gore in clean-tech investing". CNET. 
  2. ^ "The Technology Chronicles  : John Gage Leaves Sun Microsystems To Become A Venture Capitalist". The San Francisco Chronicle. 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ Buckman, Rebecca (June 10, 2008). "Sun's Gage to Join Kleiner Perkins". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  4. ^ John Gage Joins Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as Partner
  5. ^ Austin, Scott; Hay, Timothy (March 31, 2010). "John Gage Departing Kleiner Perkins After Less Than Two Years". The Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ "Haas NewsWire, February 20, 2001". Haas School of Business and the Regents of the University of California. 2001-02-20. 
  7. ^ BSD Unix: Power to the people, from the code
  8. ^ a b Olsen, Stephanie (June 9, 2008). "Sun's John Gage joins Al Gore in clean-tech investing". Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  9. ^ Rubenstein, Steve (March 9, 1996). "Clinton, Gore in Concord Today for NetDay: 20,000 volunteers wire computers at California schools". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  10. ^ Policy '98: Implications for SIGCHI


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