A short blog post to let everyone in the Mozilla community know the latest news.
As the “About Brendan” sidebar says, I’m a founder of Mozilla, and since 2005 I have had the title of CTO. That job has entailed work on technical strategy, Web standards, influencing/partnering, Mozilla Research, public speaking, and talent-scouting. (Oh, and I still code.)
I’m happy to announce that as CTO I will now also be managing our product and platform engineering teams. This is a privilege and an obligation I take seriously. I look forward to working even more with community members including Mozilla’s engineering staff to advance the Open Web on all platforms, especially the mobile ones rising to overshadow desktop computers.
Mozilla is many things: mission-based organization, community of hackers and supporters, social movement representing the people using the Web above all other agendas. To fulfill our mission, we must serve users with excellent products. Successful products require great design and engineering, and also (increasingly) partnering.
We can’t fulfill our mission without winning products. We can’t have winning products without focus on the technology trends, including the rise of mobile, and also of multicore and GPU processing, and yet more laser-like focus on serving the people who use our products.
The watch-word for me is therefore “focus”. Competition and partnering have focused Mozilla in the last few years, and all to the good in my view. We are on the right track with Firefox OS, Firefox for Android, Firefox on the desktop, and our other initiatives (two to name here: Persona and Web Maker). We need to continue, with even sharper focus on what’s in front of us.
In particular, on mobile this means not just great user interfaces and fast, smooth performance. It also means, as I said to @stshank, expanding up the stack to fight proprietary lock-in that diminishes developer and user experience. We did it with Firefox in 2004, we can do it again with Firefox OS, Firefox for Android, Persona and beyond.