Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Opera creator Jon S von Tetzchner quits over corporate fight

updated 09:40 pm EDT, Fri June 24, 2011

Opera founder exits over board dispute

Opera's creator Jon S. von Tetzchner surprised the industry on Friday with word he was leaving the company. The web browser developer is due to leave June 30 and will do so on friendly terms. He has made no public mention of why he will be leaving but currently has "ideas about new projects" that are being kept secret.

An internal e-mail has uncovered an internal disagreement. The copy obtained by TechCrunch has uncovered that Von Tetzchner doesn't "share the same values" or direction for Opera with the board of directors or executives. Top staff are "more quarterly focused" and concentrated on the short term where he has a longer view, according to the e-mail.

Inside the note, he is still adamant that he has trust in Opera as a whole and again hopes for its success. "I do believe strongly in Opera as a company, and in all of you working here," he says. "Our products actually make a difference for a lot of people in the world."

Opera was started in 1995 and has been one of the longest-serving alternatives to Internet Explorer, predating Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome by years. The browser has never gained large share but has stayed active and has a large following among mobile users, where its web compression and fast load times have been distinct advantages. [image via Wikipedia]



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Blue's Mikey Digital

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some t ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News