Opera boss walks off stage, citing musical differences
Gives up job, keeps shares
Jon S von Tetzchner is leaving Opera, the browser company he co-founded back in 1995 and headed until last year.
The company and its former CEO put a bland spin on his departure at the close of last week, but this was rapidly overtaken by the leak of his valedictory email to staff and subsequent comments to the media.
"It is of course a choice that brings up a lot of emotions," said Von Tetzchner in a canned quote chucked out by the firm. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished, and look forward to following the company closely also in the future."
Opera CEO Lars Boilesen added: "He has taught me and everyone working here a lot. He believed in, and pushed out innovation after innovation that we see our competitors constantly struggling with copying, making Opera a first mover in the technological development of web browsers as we know them today."
Boilesen said, "We are aiming at 500 million users by 2013, and we have a very positive flow right now."
Von Tetzchner will be with Opera Software until the end of this month, and apparently "has ideas about new projects, but is not ready to reveal any of his ideas as of right now".
However, Von Tetzchner did reveal that his departure was because of "differences" with the board in an email to employees cited by TechCrunch, among others.
It's no surprise that Von Tetzchner said he would be following the company closely, and rooting for it. The former CEO will continue to keep his shareholding in the firm, according to Reuters.
He threw further light on the nature of his departure via Reuters, telling the news agency, "I'm probably more ambitious and would like to move faster in all areas than the board and the current management do." ®
Wonder what's next
I've worked for enough startups under either incoherent or unsympathetic management installed by the capitalists to spot a bad thing, and judging by the consistent quality and innovation demonstrated by Opera releases over the years, the boss has clearly got the devs reined in and motivated. He's probably quite a good guy to work for.
It may have grown so far this year...
...but the share is still down from a high of 27% in October 2009 to 22.7% now. And it dropped by a tenth of a percentage point in the last month, as is helpfully shown on the page you linked to:
Thank you for at least citing third party data as I asked. Additionally, these are only the stats for mobile. As indicated in my previous post, the market share is dramatically smaller and the decline more significant on the desktop.
You have also confirmed my point, that the emerging markets are under-counted therefore Opera market share is shrinking in the West. As for the "audited financial reports" that you often go on about, I still don't buy it. They may be required by law to be "true", but auditors are not IT experts and are easy to slip things past by sleight of hand. I'm not saying they're lying, just that they're probably selecting their statistics very carefully. Until we see the complete source of their data, we can only rely on third party reporting that has no self-interest in inflating the figures. The relatively recent financial collapse of several supposedly "audited" companies bears this out.
Finally, until you come out from behind your AC mask I will assume that you work for Opera. Perhaps you're part of their PR team, or just maybe a passionate employee, but your AC status isn't good for your credibility.
(cont) AC: you still dont get it....
.... they tend to make *huge* changes, removing features that first brought users to opera... one excuse was so it would look better in mobile... ??? huh dunno really...
latest one is totally changing the way speeddial works, meaning more conversion and grumbles about being how bad it looks... more going to FF....