John Lilly (computer scientist)

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John Lilly
John Lilly of Mozilla.jpg
NationalityUnited States
OccupationMozilla Corp. CEO (2008–2010)

John Lilly is an American-born venture capitalist who serves on the board of directors of the Open Source Applications Foundation and Code for America. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Stanford University and is the (co-)inventor on seven US patents.[1]

Lilly was the Chief Executive Officer of the Mozilla Corporation from 2008 to 2010.[2] The corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, coordinates development of open-source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Firefox web browser. Lilly, previously Mozilla's Chief Operating Officer, succeeded Mitchell Baker as CEO in January 2008. He was one of the co-founders of Reactivity, which was sold to Cisco Systems for $135 million in 2007.[3] "Reactivity Mafia" also produced other notable entrepreneurs such as Mike Schroepfer, CTO of Facebook, Aaref Hilaly, Partner at Sequoia, Oltac Unsal, Super Angel, Akash Garg, Co-founder of hi5, and Dave Ashton, founder of SnapCar.

In May 2010, Lilly announced he would step down as CEO.[4] Lilly was succeeded by Gary Kovacs on November 8, 2010.[5] Until March 2014 he was on Mozilla's board of directors.[6][7]

Lilly joined the venture capital firm Greylock Partners as a partner in 2011. His investments include Instagram, Dropbox, Tumblr, Quip and MessageMe.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Greylock Partners - John Lilly". Greylock Partners. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ Hopkins, Mark 'Rizzn' (7 January 2008). "Mozilla Names John Lilly as New CEO".
  3. ^ Nguyen, Tuan (February 21, 2007). "Cisco Buys Reactivity Inc. for $135 Million". Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "Introducing our new CEO: Gary Kovacs".
  5. ^ "New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface".
  6. ^ "Leaving Mozilla's Board". Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  7. ^ "Three Mozilla Board Members Resign over Choice of New CEO". Retrieved 2014-03-28.

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Preceded by
Mitchell Baker
CEO of Mozilla Corporation
7 January 2008 – 2010
Succeeded by
Gary Kovacs