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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 29Blake RossCreator, Firefox

image Blake Ross and Dave Hyatt started Firefox as a side project while working at the Mozilla Foundation. They were working to revive the struggling Netscape browser, but became frustrated by the constraints imposed on them. So Ross and Hyatt decided to build a browser that they would actually want to use.

Working in their spare time, they began developing a new browser that was fast, simple, and reliable. In 2002, they launched the initial version, called Phoenix, and in 2004 they released Firefox 1.0, which was an instant hit.

Like a lot of things described in this book, Firefox was something new. It was an open ...

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