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Mozilla Corp., which manages the open-source Firefox browser, announced today that Mitchell Baker is stepping down as CEO to focus on AI and internet safety as chair of the nonprofit foundation. Laura Chambers, a Mozilla board member and entrepreneur with experience at Airbnb, PayPal, and eBay, will step in as interim CEO to run operations until a permanent replacement is found.


Official Blog Post: A New Chapter for Mozilla: Focused Execution and an Expanded Role in Charting the Internet’s Future

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[-] [email protected] 133 points 3 weeks ago

"Mozilla now makes most of its almost $600 million in annual revenue from promoting Chrome as the default search engine on its home page."

Proofreading FTW.

[-] [email protected] 49 points 3 weeks ago

Chrome is just the internet, duh. Do you not support the internet? I have two internets on my computer, in case the first goes down or something. But the one internet hasn't had any issues, I just keep the second as a backup.

-- anyone in US govt

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[-] [email protected] 87 points 3 weeks ago

Reading this new CEOs job history on linkedin is kinda infuriating. She goes from intern to head of consumer products at Skype in less than a year. Just... Frustrating to read that while I am and manage really good people who struggle for decades in the trenches to get even paltry job opportunities.

But she got her MBA from Stanford so nepotism ahoy I guess.

[-] [email protected] 78 points 3 weeks ago

Yeah. "Airbnb, Paypal, and ebay" doesn't inspire confidance either

[-] [email protected] 24 points 3 weeks ago

How is getting an MBA from Stanford nepotism? She probably worked her ass off not only to earn the degree but to be accepted to the university in the first place. Without knowing anything about her, I’m going to assume she’s a total rockstar until there’s a good reason to believe otherwise.

[-] [email protected] 48 points 3 weeks ago

working hard and nepotism aren't mutually exclusive

[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 weeks ago

Biggest predictor of future success is the zip code you're born into.

To your specific point, the preponderance of PERCEIVED hard work in the nepotism community is definitely worth mentioning. Hard work, as an objective measure, would be the exception in this camp.

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[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 weeks ago

Buddy, if you told me you had an MBA from Stanford, I would give you a box of crayons and take bets on how long you could go without eating them.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 weeks ago

The MBA would immediately toss 5 crayons from the box and announce they're only going to color with the remaining 10, collect a bonus, and then take a vacation after a hard days work.

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[-] [email protected] 69 points 3 weeks ago

pivots to data privacy

Should have not named Laura then, just to highlight the point. 😛

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[-] [email protected] 55 points 3 weeks ago

For Laura's Privacy!

Sorry, it's a dumb recurring joke among Privacy nerds.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 3 weeks ago

Yeah it was just a silly joke based on how specifically the title was worded. 😅

[-] [email protected] 17 points 3 weeks ago

To protect her privacy, of course

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[-] [email protected] 58 points 3 weeks ago

They should focus more on their mobile browser. At this point the desktop browser is on par with Chrome. People who use Chrome does it because they don't care enough about privacy, but on mobile there is a noticeable difference between their performances.

[-] [email protected] 20 points 3 weeks ago

Apple needs to allow 3rd party browser engines.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 3 weeks ago

They will in the EU. Hopefully it's easy to game the system and sideload a non-safari browser in the future.

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[-] [email protected] 13 points 3 weeks ago

I think they need to integrate better with their paid offerings to build additional revenue streams. For example, Mozilla VPN works with Container Tabs, but I had to look for it; that's a pretty killer feature IMO. Make it work on mobile too and a lot of people would be interested. Maybe they could white label a password manager (Bitwarden?) as an alternative to their built-in PW manager service, and make the experience really good. Throw in Relay as well.

There's a lot they could do with opt-in, privacy-centric features that I would be totally interested in.

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[-] [email protected] 46 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

I am a big fan of Firefox+Thunderbird and subscribe to Pocket, Mozilla VPN and Firefox Relay. I don't think she was the right CEO for the job, coming into the job because she was needed after the Eich debacle, not because she was the best choice. When I listened or read interviews with her I sensed a lack of focus, which I think came through with the lack of focus and commitment I sense in Firefox's products. She seems like a better fit for chair of the foundation, pursuing pie in the sky ideas rather than in the trenches trying to rebuild Mozilla's presence and diversify their revenues. Pocket has stagnated under their care, and actually grown less useful to the point I am considering switching. The Android browser is stuck in time. I don't think it's a coincidence that Thunderbird has flourished after pursuing a semi-independent structure: they finally had people who actually cared about the product calling the shots.

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[-] [email protected] 24 points 3 weeks ago

That's honestly a good move. They are a sinking ship and they need to start to swim

[-] [email protected] 9 points 3 weeks ago

That's silly, ships can't swim, they're inanimate objects!

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[-] [email protected] 24 points 3 weeks ago

Congratulations to Mozilla Corp on escaping its CEO. Another one will inevitably move in, but perhaps it will be someone easier to bear.

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[-] [email protected] 19 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Mozilla is a for-proifit company!?!

[-] [email protected] 51 points 3 weeks ago

Mozilla Corporation is a corporation, and subsidiary to the Mozilla Foundation.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 weeks ago

waif can a non-profit run a for a profit??

[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 weeks ago

Yes. People got to eat.

They're legit companies, but they do not operate with the goal of profit. Profit is something they may make, and in many cases it's good so they can survive losses of funding or the like.

It also means they get certain tax advantages because they are not solely focused on profit

[-] [email protected] 9 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Yesm It is weird, but it would be impossible for a foundation to develop complex software like a Web browser. Engineers cost.

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[-] [email protected] 14 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Pivots to data privacy? What was their focus before?

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

That's so messed up. Going to donate all of my money to Opera GX now

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 weeks ago

Mozilla is pivoting to privacy or the old CEO is?

[-] [email protected] 28 points 3 weeks ago

The new CEO of the corporation.

Chambers says she plans to focus on building out new products that address growing privacy concerns while actively looking for a full-time CEO.

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[-] [email protected] 13 points 3 weeks ago

Mozilla. They just launched a "delete me" service, and apparently they want to do more of that.

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 weeks ago

Wow mozilla is getting into euthanasia business?

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