Nov 11

It’s been an amazing ride…

I don’t know if I can write a full blog post without getting all teary-eyed, so I’ll just share the email I wrote to my colleagues to say goodbye:

I have been fortunate enough to experience an amazing ride at Mozilla that has spanned 1/3 of my life and almost my entire professional career.  From testing early nightly builds as a college student soon after the Mozilla project was started, to interning at Netscape in 1999 and joining full-time a few months later in 2000, to sitting in the first Mozilla Foundation office on Villa St. in 2004 with 15 other insanely passionate and determined people that had a vision no one else had seen yet, to a global community of Mozillians today that continues to carry on that vision and pushes our mission forward…. I have been privileged to be a part of something not many get a chance to experience.  And for all of that I am grateful.

Mozilla has been more than just a company or a brand to me.  It has been more than just a job.  It has been my family for over a decade.  And I will miss it.  But while I may be leaving Mozilla,  I don’t think I will ever let Mozilla leave me.   I will always have a special place for the people, the passion, the technology, and the history that make up the most amazing ride of my life.  It has been an honor working with all of you and I want to thank everyone that has taught me, inspired me, and encouraged me along the way.   A special thanks to Chris Hofmann for the opportunities you gave me and to Mitchell for her leadership and dedication to Mozilla, and to those of you that have been on this ride with me from the beginning.  You know who you are.

My last day will be Thursday, December 15, 2011.   Then it’s off to new adventures in the world of consumer electronics.  For those that are curious, I will be joining TiVo as Product Manager for TiVo Apps & SDK to develop a strategy to bring more 3rd party apps and new experiences to DVRs, TVs, and mobile devices.

Please do stay in touch. I plan to be a part of our amazing community as a Mozillian for years to come.  So don’t be a stranger.

Jay Patel