In 1989, Jonathan Schwartz co-founded Lighthouse Design, which built software for Steve Jobs's NeXT Computer, Inc. When NeXT failed, Sun bought the company. After working his way through the ranks, Schwartz became president and CEO. After the recession of 2007, he was unable to turn Sun around and began searching for a buyer for the company. Oracle bought Sun in 2009 and Schwartz resigned as CEO of Sun in early 2010.