Today, after 10 years of building Mozilla’s presence in Asia, I leave Mozilla as full-time staff. Our family is moving to Shanghai for new opportunities and I am leaving to organize our move and enjoy the summer. My last day in the office was April 27th.
I have too many people to thank for their support over these many years at Mozilla. I won’t be able to thank everyone but I do want to specifically thank Mitchell Baker and Joi Ito, who introduced me to John Lilly, Chris Beard, and Paul Kim back in January of 2006. Without Joi and John, I would not have joined Mozilla- thank you both.
Thank you to all of my colleagues at Mozilla Japan, especially Satoko Takita, who was very supportive since the beginning. Takita-san, I cannot thank you enough. Thanks to all of my colleagues who made my Mozilla journey as important as the destination: the Evangelism team under Mike Shaver, the Evangelism team under Chris Blizzard, the Contributor Engagement team under Mary Colvig, and the Participation team under Brian King.
There are too many community members for me to thank, so I will just thank you all for your commitment to Mozilla. It is your dedication to the mission of Mozilla which keeps the project alive and moving forward.
While I will be leaving full-time employment at Mozilla, I’ll be continuing my mentor position at 500 Startups. I’m also excited to announce that I am now mentoring at Chinaccelerator, a program by SOS Ventures. If you or your friends are interested in either program, or you are visiting Shanghai, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: gen at kanai dot net
(Note that if I am in China, it may take longer to reach me via methods that are blocked by the Great Firewall. Email is usually best: gen at kanai dot net)
I’ll close with a selection of photos from my time at Mozilla.
John Lilly & Mike Schroepfer in Tokyo, March 2006; (I see Nakano-san on the right side there.)
Mozillagumi welcomes Scott MacGregor to Japan, June 2006
Mitchell & Takita-san interviewed by the Japanese media, Sept. 2006
An interpreter, John Lilly and Joi Ito at the Firefox 2.0 Japan press event, October 2006
John Lilly & Chris Beard
The Mozilla organization in China that existed before Mozilla China.
Seth Spitzer & Seth Bindernagel meet their match with “medium” spicy beef noodle soup in Taipei, April 2007.
Mozilla Japan hosted the Firefox Developers Conference, Summer 2007 (with guest speakers including Shaver, mfinkle, fligtar and dmills)
Chris Beard and Kaori Negoro, Feb. 2008
Mozilla Japan, Firefox 3.5 release photo
Mitchell speaking at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy, Seoul, June 2008.
Mitchell and I visited with the Mozilla Korea community on the release of Firefox 3.0, June 2008
Mitchell was interviewed on CNN from their Seoul bureau, June 2008
Mozilla l10n teams, Mozilla Summit 2008
meeting with HanoiLUG, Dec. 2009
speaking at Barcamp Saigon, Dec. 2009
Mozilla Indonesia gathering, May 2010
Firefox 4 launch, Bandung, May 2010
Firefox 4 launch, Manila, May 2010
Mozilla Summit 2010
Mitchell Baker and I in Jakarta, Sept 2010
Mozilla Thailand community, Oct. 2010 (with William & Dietrich)
PestaBlogger, Jakarta, Oct. 2010, with Dietrich and WilliamQ
Mozilla community managers, Sept. 2012
MozCamp Asia 2012 closing dance
Mozilla Bangladesh meeting, Dec. 2012
Mozilla Summit 2013