I recently started working on Firefox. To be more specific, I help run the Gecko Layout Team for the Mozilla Corporation. My team is responsible for everything you can “see” in Firefox. As you can imagine, the team is very busy.
I really enjoy working on software used by hundreds of millions of people. Before I started working on Firefox full-time, I managed Software Engineering for the Adobe Flash Player. Before that, I worked on a bunch of other software used by lots of people. After 13 years at Adobe and Macromedia, it was time for me to make a change.
I started looking for an opportunity that would let me continue working for a global audience and allow growth through new challenges. At Adobe, I had the opportunity to work with all the browser vendors to make sure that the Flash Player worked on their products. I really enjoyed working with the Mozilla people, so I reached out to let them know about my plans. They’re hiring lots of new staff and needed help on Engineering Leadership to scale the organization. After a very rigorous interview process, I started work on September 12, 2011.
In the short time I’ve been at Mozilla, it’s already clear that this place is run by Engineers. I love it! It feels a lot like Macromedia did when I started there in 1998. My first day on the job was at the San Jose Convention Center where the Mozilla employees had their All-Hands meeting. There was far more energy and enthusiasm at the Mozilla All-Hands than at the last event I saw at the Convention Center (which had 10x as many attendees!) Everyone at Mozilla is definitely on a mission and charged up…
- It’s not enough to not be evil.
- It’s not enough to be good at what you do.
- You have to Do Good.