Entrepreneur, executive, and investor; octo-dad; former Googler, now VP Product at

My friend Dion Almaer and I started a few years back out of an intense enthusiasm to track the nascent Ajax movement, a community-driven discovery of new techniques to wring better user interfaces out of old browser technologies. Our earliest role at Ajaxian was to help spread the word that whole new worlds of experiences were possible with the current browsers; as time passed, this role has largely evolved into tracking the latest news in the Ajax community.

In parallel with these efforts, Dion and I have had separate careers, in each of which we’ve had the opportunity to use the techniques we’ve covered at Ajaxian (and in some cases do entirely different kinds of development work). As we compared notes along the way (with ourselves and others in the industry), both of us noticed ample opportunities to make Web development more productive than it is today. Eventually, the size of this opportunity became so distracting that we started exploring how we might pursue efforts to address it full-time.

To make a long story short, we’re announcing today that Mozilla has hired both of us to lead an initiative to create Web development tools–to make life better for Web developers. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be building up a team and sharing more details with the community.

I have immense respect for the crew at Moz; I couldn’t be more thrilled that they’ve invited us to join them and for the opportunity at hand.

Read more at:
Mozilla Labs



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  1. October 13, 2008

    Congratulations Ben! I wish you the best! (to both you and Dion) ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Please keep us updated with the cool stuff you will be doing @ Mozilla)


  2. October 13, 2008

    All the best! Ajax applications are cool. Please keep bringing new techniques in this.

  3. October 13, 2008

    I’m happy to be the first on your blog to welcome you to Mozilla!

  4. October 13, 2008

    Hi Ben, it’s great to have you in the Bay Area now and at Mozilla ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll have to grab some food some time.


  5. October 13, 2008

    There will be quite a lot of exciting application coming out! congrats~

  6. Rick #
    October 21, 2008

    Good luck! I think you will both do great work. I can’t wait to see what comes out of the effort.

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