I’ve been involved with the Mozilla project since my college days at UC San Diego, when I decided to see what all the fuss was about in 1998-99 and volunteer as a tester. That curiosity earned me an internship at Netscape in the Summer of 1999, followed by a full time gig in 2000. I worked in QA and helped develop the Talkback crash reporting system during my time at Netscape, which lasted about 3 years until “my position was eliminated” in 2003, along with the rest of the browser team.
The layoffs were a blessing in disguise… as they led to the creation of the Mozilla Foundation. It was nice to see folks rally around the open source project and create an independent organization to carry on the Mozilla mission. Having the same passion and vision as those early drivers, I followed the progress of the new organization and occasionally stopped by the MoFo office to help out. My efforts did not go unnoticed, as it wasn’t long before I was asked to join the Mozilla Foundation in 2004. I started off as a contractor and was later offered a full time position as the Mozilla Foundation found it’s footing and was in the position to hire more people. During the past few years, I have watched our organization grow from 15 to well over 100! It has been an amazing ride and I continue to be amazed at the way our team and community have helped push open standards and ship awesome products like Firefox and Thunderbird (among other apps from our community projects).
Most of my career has been in the engineering realm, specifically in QA doing blackbox testing, crash analysis and debugging, and test development. Over the years I have dabbled in project management and community building as well. Mozilla has provided me with a unique environment to explore my strengths and learn through experimentation. That experience has inspired me to make a career transition into marketing and product management. I hope to learn on the job at Mozilla while attending the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley part-time. With plans to graduate in 2010 with my MBA, I have a tough couple of years ahead of me, but I am ready to face any challenges that come my way and I look forward to the next chapter of my life and professional career.