Arthur van Hoff
Arthur van Hoff at Jaunt VR, Feb 2016
Born (1963-02-16) 16 February 1963 (age 61)
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
Occupation(s)Computer programmer, entrepreneur
Known forEarly contributor to the Java programming language
SpouseMarleen Zwiers

Arthur van Hoff (born 16 February 1963) is a Dutch computer scientist and businessman.


After studying computer science at the University of Strathclyde and Hogere Informatica Opleiding,[1] Van Hoff joined Sun Microsystems as an engineer with the Distributed Objects Everywhere team.[2] In 1993, he joined the Java development team,[2] writing the language's compiler and taking responsibility for its first release to Netscape in August 1995.[3][4] In 1996, he left Sun, feeling that the options to develop Java outside of the organization were "too tempting", and established the startup Marimba, serving as its Chief Technology Officer.[5] At Marimba, Van Hoff led the engineering team in developing a pull technology-based software distribution system, Castanet.[6]

In 2002, Van Hoff left Marimba,[7] which was acquired by BMC Software for $240 million.[8] He started Strangeberry, a startup that developed software to play computer-stored content on televisions. It was acquired by TiVo, Inc. in January 2004[7] and he joined TiVo as Principal Engineer. He resigned from TiVo in 2005[9] and later joined Flipboard as their Chief Technology Officer.[10] He left Flipboard in November 2012[11] and started Jaunt Virtual Reality with co-founders Tom Annau and Jens Christensen.[12] He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer of Jaunt, Inc., as well as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Redpoint Ventures.[1]


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  3. ^ Bank, David. "The Java Saga". Wired. Conde Nast. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  4. ^ Arthur van Hoff; Sami Shaio; Orca Starbuck (January 1996). Hooked on Java. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 020148837X.
  5. ^ Schneider, Jeff (1 January 1996). "JDJ Interview: Arthur Van Hoff". Sys-Con Media. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  6. ^ Saran, Cliff (9 July 1998). "Marimba lushes out". Computer Weekly. TechTarget.
  7. ^ a b Girard, Kim (September 2004). "Saving". Business 2.0.
  8. ^ "Eigen Toekomst Scheppen: dat is leuk" (in Dutch). Intermediair. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ Hawk, Thomas (21 April 2005). "TiVo Principal Engineer Arthur van Hoff Resigns". eHomeUpgrade. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ Musante, Kenneth (22 July 2010). "Flipboard is On a Roll". SocialTimes. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  11. ^ Thomas, Owen (8 February 2013). "Flipboard Is Turning To Video, Hiring Hulu's Ex-CTO". BusinessInsider. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  12. ^ "People at Jaunt".