Leaving Mozilla

I joined Mozilla in 2006 wanting to learn how to build & ship software at a large scale, to push myself to the next level, and to have an impact millions of people. Mozilla also gave me an opportunity to build teams, lead people, and focus on products. It’s been a great experience and I have definitely accomplished my original goals, but after nearly 10 years, I have decided to move on.

One of the most unexpected joys from my time at Mozilla has been working with contributors and the Mozilla Community. The mentorship and communication with contributors creates a positive environment that benefits everyone on the team. Watching someone get excited and engaged from the process of landing code in a Firefox is an awesome feeling.

People of Mozilla, past and present: Thank you for your patience, your trust and your guidance. Ten years creates a lot of memories.

Special shout-out to the Mozilla Mobile team. I’m very proud of the work we (mostly you) accomplished and continue to deliver. You’re a great group of people. Thanks for helping me become a better leader.

It's a Small World - Orlando All Hands Dec 2015
It’s a Small World – Orlando All Hands Dec 2015

17 Replies to “Leaving Mozilla”

  1. I am sad to see you leaving but maybe this is just a goodbye, returning mozillians after a few adventures outside of the Mozilla realm is not unheard of!

    Talking about new adventures, I wish you all the best for your next gig!

  2. Cheers, you. Working with you was really fantastic, and the mobile team will remain my favourite team of my tech career. Good crew, that, and that was in no small part due to your leadership. #mfbt

  3. Thanks for everything you did for the open web on desktop and mobile! I’ll miss your blog posts about Mozilla. Thanks for supporting work I did while I was there. Good luck in the future!

  4. It’s so sad you’re leaving, Mark. It’s a real loss for Mozilla. You’ve been fun, easy, and – most importantly – helpful.

    I’ve always liked you, Mark.

    Thank you!

  5. Wish you nothing but the best in whatever comes your way next. Your willingness to always speak your mind punctured a lot of groupthink and made it safe for others to be brave.

  6. Damn Mark! You were bloody awesome for Mozilla and as someone who filed a lot of bugs in which you got to see me moan and whatnot, I’d like to thank you for the patience you had to deal with me and the vision you had for Firefox. Android is a much better place for your contributions to Firefox. It’s a sad loss to see you go. Thank you.

  7. Oh man 🙁 Sorry to see you go, it was great working with you. You’re definitely one of the people that made me feel welcome when I joined, I hope you’ll carry on being great wherever you go next!

  8. I’m very sorry you’re leaving us. Thank you for all the encouragement you gave me over the years, it made a difference to me. I will miss you.

  9. Wow this is a shock to me. I didn’t contribute much to the mobile side but the name mfinkle was real popular, I don’t know where I first heard it, to me it was synonymous with Moz.

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