Moving to Mozilla
August 18, 2008 § 27 Comments
It’s official: I will be joining the Mozilla Foundation in late September to take on the role of executive director.
I am totally psyched about this. Mozilla is a new kind of foundation, one with with participation, transparency and innovation at its very roots. It’s not just about giving out grants or making bold statements (although these are useful things to do), but also about getting large numbers of people involved in making things. In particular, things that make the Internet more open. For someone obsessed with reinventing how foundations work, there could be no more exciting job than this.
Of course, I am also a wee bit sad. Moving to Mozilla means leaving my Shuttleworth Foundation and telecentre.org work behind. The people at these two organizations have inspired and challenged me in the most wonderful ways possible. More importantly, they’ve proven to me that little changes to the way we work – like blogging about stuff that normally gets stuck in internal reports – can really help to open up the work of grant making and world changing. My hope is to stay connected to all of these people as an informal advisor and supporter.
Between now and September 22 (my official start date), I will have my head down finishing up my work on the Shuttleworth open philanthropy file. I’ll also be running Open Everything events in South Africa, Canada and Singapore. My mind is already spinning with thoughts of Mozilla — I’ve been talking to people in the Mozilla community about the foundation for many months now. Even so, I really need to take this time to make sure these things all wrap up properly. Once they’re done, I’ll dive head first into Mozilla work, including the continuing conversation about the future of the foundation. I can’t wait.
Congratulations, Mark — very exciting news.
Congratulations Mark. Hopefully Tonya can tolerate you being in the city for long periods of time 😉
John and Mitchell and everyone must be very excited to have you coming on board. Mozilla is very lucky.
Congratulations!!!! We’re all expecting great stuff!
Hey Mark! Congratulation. This sounds like an excellent opportunity! Best of luck to you in your new position!!
Congratulations, Mark! Having an open education leader at Mozilla Foundation’s helm can only lead to sheer unbridled awesomeness.
Wow, bro, that’s awesome. Keep the revolution turning 🙂
Mark, congrats on official announcement! This is great news for the education community (and others as well). Best of luck on tackling sets of new (and old) daunting, provocative and exciting challenges! Cheers, Mike
Mark, it’s great news that it’s finally official that you will be moving over to the Mozilla Foundation. Congratulations and thanks again for taking me with you in the Vancouver Executive lounge 🙂
I expect to see great things from you.
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Congrats — will you still be working out of the 215 center?
Congrats Mark! This is great!
Congrats to you, Mark, and to Mozilla. I’m at once sorry we’ve lost touch and thrilled to see what great work you’ve been up to. Cheers!
Couldn’t think of a better person to lead the Mozilla Foundation. Thank you for all of your help and look forward to our paths crossing again very soon!
Whilst I am more than a wee bit sad that you will be leaving us… I am very happy that:
a) We have our first fellowship success story – after giving people a platform to explore ideas, you have had those ideas vindicated by being chosen as ED of MoFo.
b) I want an open web, and you are definitely the best person for the job.
Go be fabulous and remember – the gnine is on me!
so delighted for you Mark (no doubt for Tonya & fam too) 😀
We’ll be rocking the Free from the tiptoes of Africa, count on us to power up from this side.. (did the punt to the Commerce students on Friday’s lecture to get them all on Firefox)
Congrats Mr. Surman. Nice work. Can’t wait to see where you take it… 🙂
Mark, I am so happy for you and for the future of the open web! This is a fantastic opportunity and a great choice for the future of Mozilla as a movement. I’m looking forward to watching and supporting your new initiatives in whatever way I can.
Miss working with you (since the portal project in 04). It’s great to hear you’ll be sharing the torch within the Mozilla Org (and other orgs, voluntarily, no doubt). Keep up the great work!
Congrats Mark, I look forward to seeing where this leads.
Just back from an extended holiday in the bush, and I see this. I’m thrilled it’s official and wish you many congratulations.
Holysmokes. That is exciting news.
Well I wish you the best of luck from deep inside the borg 🙂
Outstanding news! Congratulations.
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Just catching up on your latest moves… Seems a logical step – and an interesting one! And for your first day at work: mozillem!
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