A Wildly Successful Alternative

Necessity is the mother of invention as they say but just wanting to have something better or an alternative to something already in existence can also lead to a successful new product. Take the case of Blake Ross.

Born on July of 1985, in Miami Florida, he was already tech savvy at a very young age.  At only 10 years old he built his first website.  At only 15 years of age and still in high school he was already an intern at Netscape which was struggling back then since its web browser was way behind in popularity to Internet Explorer (owned by Microsoft).

It was while working at Netscape that the desire to have a simpler web browser that focused on speed and stability came into being. Along with Dave Hyatt he worked on what was to become the Mozilla Web Browser better known as Mozilla Firefox.  This was released in 2004, when Ross was only 19 years old and it was wildly successful. Reports say the web browser was downloaded 100 million times in just a few months. When Firefox 2.0 was released on October 2006, there were 2 million downloads in 24 hours. There were 7 million web surfers switching to Firefox every month at that time.

Through Mozilla Firefox Ross became a multimillionaire. He went on to do another project called Parakey which was bought by Facebook in 2007. Ross joined Facebook thereafter.

There are those who want something different and are willing to take the risk to get it done. As shown by the young Blake Ross, it can be the path to great success.


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