Jon Mittelhauser

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Jon E. Mittelhauser (born May 1970) is a software executive who co-wrote the Windows version of NCSA Mosaic and was a founder of Netscape.


Mittelhauser attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he joined the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1992 and a master's degree in 1994.[citation needed]


In 1993, as a graduate student, he co-wrote NCSA Mosaic for Windows with fellow student Chris Wilson while working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).[1] Mittelhauser was part of the original team of five programmers of Mosaic with Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina (Unix version), Aleks Totic (Mac version) and Chris Wilson (Windows version).[2][3][4] The Windows version that Mittelhauser and Wilson wrote was the first browser with over a million downloads and is often characterized as the first widely used web browser.[citation needed] Mittelhauser is considered a founding father of the browser.[5][6]

After leaving the University of Illinois in 1994, Mittelhauser became one of the founders of Netscape Communications Corporation.[4][5]

His next position was Director of Engineering for Geocast Network Systems, a start-up funded by Mayfield Fund, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Institutional Venture Partners.[7]

Mittelhauser led the software organization at OnLive, Inc. and managed their successful launch in 2010.[8] He left at the end of that year as VP of Engineering and joined their Technical Advisory Board.

In May 2012 he became Vice President of Engineering for Nebula, Inc.[8]

From December 2014 to December 2016, he was Chief Executive Officer of the software company that develops CloudBolt.[9][10]

As of July 2018 he is Vice President of the Container Native Group at Oracle Corporation.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mittelhauser has two daughters and lives in Silicon Valley. In 1999 he opened The Basin restaurant in Saratoga with fellow Netscape-er Bill Foss.[12][13]


  1. ^ Henrik Frystyk Nielsen (December 11, 1995). "People who have contributed to the World Wide Web project".
  2. ^ Daniel Ehrenhaft (2001). Marc Andreessen: Web Warrior. Brookfield, Connecticut: Twenty-First Century. p. 31. ISBN 9780761319641.
  3. ^ James Gillies; Robert Cailliau (2007) [2000]. How the Web was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web. Oxford: Oxford University. pp. 241, 257. ISBN 9780192862075.
  4. ^ a b Brian McCullough (April 3, 2014). "On The 20th Anniversary – An Oral History of Netscape's Founding". Internet History Podcast (audio interviews).
  5. ^ a b Mike Swift (June 18, 2010). "Websites promote click-and-give charity". San Jose Mercury News.
  6. ^ Mike Yamamoto (April 14, 2003). "Legacy: A brave new World Wide Web". CNET News. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Company at a Glance: Geocast". MIT media.
  8. ^ a b "Nebula Appoints Web Pioneer Jon Mittelhauser Vice President of Engineering". Business Wire. May 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Cloud Management and Self-Service IT Software for Enterprises". CloudBolt Software.
  10. ^ "CloudBolt Hires Web Pioneer Jon Mittelhauser as CEO". PRWeb. December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Aditi Mishra (July 23, 2018). "Containers Provide the Key to Simpler, Scalable, More Reliable App Development". Oracle Corporation.
  12. ^ Suzanne Cristallo (April 7, 1999). "The Basin serves comfort food with a touch of class". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011.
  13. ^ Robin Davis (March 17, 1999). "What's New: Saratoga's Basin Blends Whimsy and Work". San Francisco Chronicle.