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Sun CEO: Parting Is Such Tweet Sorrow

Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz was the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to put up his own blog. Late Wednesday night, he became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to step down from that position via Twitter.

“Today’s my last day at Sun,” Schwartz tweeted. “I’ll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more.”

Fitting to end with a haiku broadcast to a microblogging service? Really? Seems a bit…precious. As Stowe Boyd observes, “Twitter can be used productively for many things, but resigning by haiku is not one of them.”

Schwartz’s departure, an inevitability if there ever was one, follows Sun’s (SUN) takeover by Oracle (ORCL) and the end of a nearly three-decade run as an independent company.

No word yet on what Schwartz plans to do next. But he’s leaving the company with a very fat chunk of change, so he’s likely in no rush to find something new. According to Sun’s definitive proxy statement, Schwartz stands to earn about $12 million from the severance package he negotiated, plus another $5.1 million or so for the shares he still holds in the company.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work