Having worked at Mozilla now just over 3 months, I can confidently attest every week at Mozilla is a exciting week, however this one, got off to a more than remarkable start. Mitchell Baker, both Chairman of the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation, and formerly Mozilla Corporation’s CEO for the last 10 years until recently; arrived in London at the start of a whistle-stop European tour. Mitchell has been invited to speak at the French Senate on Thursday Feb 14th on the topic of “Software – a source of technological and social innovation”, and whilst traveling to Paris, decided to visit 2 other countries in the days beforehand to meet with some high profile journalists.
I have been enjoying the great pleasure of accompanying Mitchell during these first few days, and have to say learning alot. Monday started with press briefings at 8am, with meetings throughout until 7pm. We met the Financial Times, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 & 5 Live, BBC Online and BBC Click, finally ending with a great opportunity to talk with Jack Schofield, a legendary UK tech journalist since more than 20 years from The Guardian newspaper. It was a long day, but a great chance to share the Mozilla story past, present and future with some of the UK’s most influential media folks. We hope the coverage will be good, I’ll keep you posted here on follow up URLs and videos.
My overwhelming take on the day; listening to Mitchell answer questions on everything from Netscape, Open Source, Firefox 3 and much more, was her overriding sense of hope for the Internet. It’s clear when she speaks Mitchell’s visions of a better Web for human beings, and all that it entails is infectious and empowering. Speaking about a connected world where us as individuals have increased freedom of choice, products functioning elegantly regardless of device, and a Web which allows us to control our data in a way we decide seems like utopia and a dream of the future. But Mitchell, and all of us who are part of Mozilla are deliberate, and dedicated to continuously create and encourage others to build a better online experience.
Mitchell and those involved in the Mozilla project over the last decade have proved we can have a better Web – the success and influence of the Firefox Browser is testament to this. Continuously highlighting, Mozilla’s success being due to thousands of contributors around the world, Mitchell went on to talk passionately about creating a Web where more and more people, in addition to developers can also easily participate. Hairs on the back of my neck stood up, when I began to contemplate what else could be possible if we could simply and easily encourage other human beings to come together and collaborate openly on the Web. Its what gets me out of bed in the morning, and why I love being part of Mozilla.