Perspectives November 11, 2014

A Blow Against the Empire


Ten years ago last week Firefox officially launched into the world. The browser was already a big deal, though, even before it hit 1.0. In true open source and Mozilla fashion, Firefox’s developers had been steadily sharing the code and product so that everyone could use it and contribute to its development. On release, millions of people around the world were quick to adopt it, because it put the user back in control of the web.

Yet just a couple of years earlier, in 2002 and 2003, hardly anyone thought of Mozilla at all. I’ll admit that I wasn’t immune. At the time I was working on my own Silicon Valley startup, and the Mozilla project seemed wholly irrelevant to my present or future. Little did I know that a few years later, not only would I come to care greatly about Mozilla’s work, I would become CEO of the organization. Read more on Medium.