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Some followup thoughts on my SOPA post

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:30:20 +0000

The best thing about writing for me is that it helps me figure out what I really think about things. And one of the very best things about doing it on the web is that others can collaborate, disagree, tweak, suggest, and generally help think through things even better. So after a couple of days […]

What’s bothering me about the SOPA “discussion”

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:20:10 +0000

There are 3 things that have really been bothering me about how the SOPA/PIPA discussion has been going so far. it’s not a discussion at all — it’s people calling each other names. it’s highly likely to have a result that is unhelpful at best, and insanely destructive at worst we’re building a completely worthless/bad […]

Joining the board of Code for America

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:04:37 +0000

I’m super, super excited to announce that I’ve joined the board of directors of Code for America, an organization started by Jen Pahlka two years ago aimed at getting some of the smartest and most motivated techies & designers among us working on solving some of the core problems facing our communities. It’s a non-profit […]

Steve Jobs

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 16:22:50 +0000

Like many of us, I’ve been thinking a lot about Steve Jobs the last few days — thinking about the man and his legacy. I’ve been having some trouble even understanding the way I feel, let alone being able to put it into words. Lots of folks have asked me what I think, and have […]

Mike Shaver: Thanks!

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:47:01 +0000

Mike Shaver has done as much as anyone on the planet over the last ten years to make and keep the Web open, free, and awesome. That’s no joke, not a typo, not an exaggeration. The guy has done a lot, and I’m incredibly thankful for his contributions — they’ve just been astonishingly broad, durable […]

Google & Motorola

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:54:22 +0000

Very very interesting news about Google buying Motorola Mobility this morning. It’s got so many implications it’s tough to take in all at once, so wanted to capture a few thoughts quickly. First thing worth pointing out, though, is this: we don’t actually know the shape of the whole deal at this point. Will Google […]

Design like you’re right…

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 01:29:24 +0000

It’s impossible not to think a lot about data these days. We’re generating it all the time, constantly. On our phones, on our televisions, on our laptops, in public spaces. And increasingly the best startups and Internet giants are using data to make better and better product decisions and designs. Today at Greylock we announced […]

Screens, Storage & Networks

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:52:58 +0000

I’ve been thinking a bunch about platforms lately, and how they’re evolving very very quickly. Generally, there are two categories of thing that people talk about as platforms. Traditionally, they’ve been computer operating systems: Windows, OS X & Linux, now iOS & Android. Lately people are talking about cloud platforms: services like EC2, but also […]


Sat, 30 Jul 2011 15:07:49 +0000

Yesterday my Twitter follower count ticked over 50,000 for the first time. And while I wouldn’t exactly call that a lifetime achievement or milestone, it has caused me to reflect a little bit on Twitter specifically and the Internet more generally, so I thought I would write down some of those thoughts here. Off the […]

My Talk for Adventures of the Mind 2011

Sat, 25 Jun 2011 16:57:10 +0000

I’ll be giving a talk in a few minutes to a conference of high achieving high schoolers called Adventures of the Mind. Amazing collection of students and speakers. Anyway, here’s what I’m going to say. — Adventures of the Mind 2011 Talk A couple of years ago when I gave a talk for Adventures of […]

My Interview in Fast Company

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:21:42 +0000

Fast Company just put up an interview with me done by Kermit Pattison, and I’m really, really happy with it. It covers a lot of topics, including how I think about leadership & management (they’re not the same!), some lessons I’ve learned about how to be more extroverted, some things I’ve only recently started to […]


Thu, 12 May 2011 14:53:25 +0000

I’ve been super busy lately, and haven’t had a lot of time to write here unfortunately, but hoping to fix that in the coming few days. Lots to write about; wanted to put down a few placeholders of things I’m planning to write about. On Scaling: spent some time talking with a professor friend of […]

The Master Switch, by Tim Wu

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:30:40 +0000

This is a fantastic book about how information empires rise and fall — everyone in technology industries should read it. Tim is a professor at Columbia Law School, and one of the most advanced thinkers about a number of technology network effects, but especially Net Neutrality. It’s a history of various information technology waves, from […]

NY Times on Tweet/Life Balance

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 16:59:14 +0000

In today’s New York Times Business Section, there’s a piece on the current state of work life balance, in an age of iPhones and Twitter (more or less). I’m quoted in it a little bit, so figured I would write some about the conversation I had with the writer and some thoughts that didn’t make […]

GSB Talk on Mozilla and Scaling

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:53:59 +0000

Last week I got to attend a class at Stanford Business School taught by one of my favorites, Huggy Rao. The course is on “scaling” — an over-used word, but one that Huggy’s been really digging into lately — resulting in some great insights. This particular class covered a case study authored by Huggy with […]

Last Day at Mozilla

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:46:02 +0000

I’ve always been bad at leaving. Today’s my last day at Mozilla (as a full time employee — I’ll continue to be on the Board of Directors), so I wanted to write down a bit of what I’m feeling as I get ready to go in to work. I’m writing this partly so that I […]

My Talk at the House of Commons

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:52:51 +0000

I’m currently in the middle of an extremely interesting trip called Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, which Sherri Coutou and Reid Hoffman have organized for several years. it’s a fantastic trip so far, and I’ll write more about it, but wanted to share this. Yesterday we were invited to the House of Commons here […]

Introducing Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s New CEO

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:01:14 +0000

I’m very happy to introduce Gary Kovacs as our new CEO for the Mozilla Corporation. I think he’s going to be great for Mozilla, and that our broad community will like him and be well served by him. This introduction is the culmination of a search process that’s taken us about six months — we […]

Glass House Conversation: Transparency v Clarity

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:08:33 +0000

This week I’m moderating an online conversation at the Glasshouse Conversations site — an electronic outgrowth of a series of in-person conversations a couple of years ago. I’ve written about my trip there before on this blog; they’ve also put up a page with a video about our conversation there on Transparency. It was a […]

What’s Next for Me (But Not Yet!)

Tue, 11 May 2010 22:38:37 +0000

I just announced internally that after 5 years at Mozilla, and a couple as the CEO, I’ve decided to leave later this year to join Greylock Partners as a venture partner. I’ll be in my role here at Mozilla until we conclude a successful search for a new CEO, and intend to stay involved and […]