Mitch has become a wonderfully influential person in the high tech Internet community, as well as continuing his role of encouraging social responsibility among us, and it’s nice to see him get more widely known.
It’s especially nice to see him give Mitchell Baker her props for her amazing quiet leadership work at the Mozilla Foundation.
I think it was like the Harry Potter of open source. You know how all the movies open with him living with his aunt and uncle, who give him no respect and lock him up? People had written off Mozilla on multiple occasions. I felt like and continue to feel like she does a remarkable job in a low-key way in shepherding that project through unique and difficult circumstances. I think the renaissance with Firefox and Thunderbird–without her this would not have happened. Mozilla was like the Harry Potter of open source. I respect her leadership, which is very low-key and not charismatic–the opposite of the Larry Ellison style. She has been effective in the face of real challenges.