In March 2014, Mozilla -- parent company of Firefox -- hired Brendan Eich as its CEO, only to publicly humiliate him and force him to resign over a $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 effort, a 2008 ballot initiative a majority of Californians supported. Three board members also resigned.
Now Mozilla is in trouble, because of a boycott (I stopped using Firefox) and the vacuum in leadership left by his departure.
From Wired's "Mozilla Is Flailing When the Internet Needs It the Most" story:
Last week the Mozilla Corp. released its 2014 annual report. In some ways, it was a tough year. After a lengthy search for a new CEO, co-founder and long-time chief technology officer Brendan Eich got the job in March, then resigned from Mozilla just over a week later amid controversy over his support for a 2008 California ballot measure that banned gay marriage. Three board members also resigned.
Despite the turmoil, the company had a great year financially. It increased revenue from $314 million to $329.5 million and had $266.5 million in assets at year’s end. But none of this says much about how the company is doing as 2015 comes to a close with one major change in particular signaling a more uncertain future.Gee, that is too bad. Wonder why that could be. Oh there is this from the story:
What’s more, Firefox’s share of the browser market is declining rapidly, according to multiple measures. W3Counter says Firefox’s share has decreased from 21.3 percent of browser usage in November 2012 to 11.5 percent this month.Any company dumb enough to lose a CEO (and three board members) over demands from political hyenas deserves to fail.
They give the Darwin Award to those who kill themselves stupidly before they procreate. The corporate cup should go to Mozilla, for sacrificing its corporate leadership to liberal pagans.
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