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Sun Vet Takes Shining to NeoPath

NeoPath Networks new CEO sees it as the next Java (see NeoPath Names Baratz CEO).

Not from a technology standpoint, of course. NeoPath’s File Director virtualization software is a much different product than Sun’s Web development Java software. But as the former head of Sun Microsystems Inc.’s (Nasdaq: SUNW) Java division, Alan Baratz points out a business parallel as he takes over as NeoPath CEO.

“I’ve brought new products to market in large companies, helped small private companies get themselves launched, and turned around small companies,” boasts Baratz during his first day on the job at NeoPath.

He says his new post reminds him of when he first took over a 40-person JavaSoft division at Sun in 1996 when it had one customer and he turned it into a complete business unit. “NeoPath closely resembles that, except it’s not part of a large public company.”

NeoPath is a 36-person startup with $18 million in funding and a product barely out the door -- it launched its File Director in December (see NeoPath Opens Up). But the biggest difference between where NeoPath is now and Java was nine years ago is NeoPath doesn’t have Sun’s muscle behind it. [Ed. note: Well, Sun had muscle back in 1996.]

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