Blake Ross

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Blake Ross
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Blake Ross, London, UK, 2005
Born (1985-06-12) June 12, 1985 (age 29)
Miami, Florida, USA
Residence Mountain View, California
Ethnicity Jewish
Education Stanford University
Occupation Software Developer
Known for Creator of Firefox

Blake Aaron Ross (born June 12, 1985) is a Jewish-American Software Engineer who is best known for his work as the co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser with Dave Hyatt. In 2005, he was nominated for Wired magazine's top Rave Award, Renegade of the Year, opposite Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jon Stewart. He was also a part of Rolling Stone magazine's 2005 hot list.[1] From 2007, he worked for Facebook as Director of Product until resigning in early 2013.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Miami, Florida, Ross was raised in Key Biscayne, Florida. His mother, Abby Ross, is a psychologist, and his father is a lawyer. He has an older brother and sister. Ross created his first website via America Online at the age of 10.[3] By middle school, an interest in Sim City led him to piece together a couple of rudimentary videogames. He attended high school in Miami at Gulliver Preparatory School, graduating in 2003 while simultaneously working for Mozilla, based in California.[4]

Mozilla and Firefox[edit]

For more details on this topic, see History of Firefox.

Ross discovered Netscape very soon after it open-sourced and began contributing; his mother's frustrated user experience with Internet Explorer being the main driver.[5] He worked as an intern at Netscape Communications Corporation at the age of 14. Later that year, he enrolled at Stanford University. While interning at Netscape, Ross became disenchanted with the browser he was working on and the direction given to it by America Online, which had recently purchased Netscape. The open source project gained momentum and popularity, and in 2003 all of Mozilla's resources were devoted to the Firefox and Thunderbird projects. Released in November 2004, when Ross was 19, Firefox quickly grabbed market share (primarily from Microsoft's Internet Explorer)[citation needed], with 100 million downloads in less than a year[citation needed].

Ross is the author of Firefox For Dummies (ISBN 0-471-74899-4; published January 11, 2006).

Parakey[edit]

Ross founded a new startup with another ex-Netscape employee, Joe Hewitt (the creator of Firebug who was also largely responsible for Firefox's interface and code). Ross and Hewitt worked on creating Parakey, a new user interface designed to bridge the gap between the desktop and the web. Ross revealed several technical details about the program and his new company when featured on the cover of IEEE Spectrum in November 2006.

On July 20, 2007, the BBC reported that Facebook had purchased Parakey.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/foolswisdom/49103131/
  2. ^ Smith, Kevin (February 22, 2013). "Facebook's Product Director Is Leaving And He Wrote A Really Funny Goodbye Note". Business Insider. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Lorge, Greta. "Mister Firefox". Stanford Magazine (Stanford Alumni Association) (May / June 2005). Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  4. ^ Lowell, Mike (April 27, 2005). "Best Local Boy Made Good 2005 - Blake Ross". Miami New Times. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ McHugh, Josh (February 2005). "The Firefox Explosion". WIRED. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Social site Facebook buys Parakey". BBC. July 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 

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