In fact, the highly resourceful technology specialist served as chief technical officer at the corporation, being among those ones who masterminded Mozilla Firefox, and was even appointed CEO on March 24, 2014.
However, his mandate was quite brief, since it was soon revealed that Eich had pledged $1,000 in support of California Proposition 8, a campaign meant to oppose same-sex marriage.
After this information surfaced, OkCupid representatives announced the dating website would boycott Mozilla Firefox until the newly-anointed leader resigns, and several online petitions, one of them published on Credo Action, also urged the executive to either renounce his homophobic attitude, or step down.
Eventually, on April 3, 2014, as criticism of his stance against the LGBT community kept growing, affecting the company’s interests and reputation, Eich handed in his notice, leaving not just his CEO position, but the whole company, severing all ties with Mozilla.
Now it appears the tech-savvy businessman is back in the game, after having joined forces with Brian Bondy, a former colleague of his at Mozilla, also known for his vital role at Khan Academy.
Together, the duo co-founded Brave Software, and on Wednesday, January 20, they unveiled their newest product, meant to outrival Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
The web browser, known as Brave, was just released in a 0.7 beta version, which can be installed on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as on computers running either Apple’s OS X El Capitan, or Microsoft Windows.
According to its creators, Brave, which was developed using source code provided through the Chromium Project, can load webpages up to 4 times more speedily compared to other browsers, when used on a smartphone.
In addition, even on desktop computers and laptops, its performance tops that of any of its well-established rivals, given that this new application can render online content around 1.4 times quicker than all the rest of the browsers on the market.
As Eich has explained, this unprecedented speed is possible because developers have eliminated all the elements that make website take too long to load, such as ads, cookies, visitor trackers and other similar programs that collect information about the user, in order to supply it to third parties.
At the moment, no ads whatsoever are being displayed when browsing via Brave, their place having been taken by blanks, but apparently, as more customers will opt for this service, there will be some ads, albeit not as pesky and pointless as cybernauts have been accustomed to see on a daily basis.
Basically, Brave will only focus on the user’s topics of interest (such as arcade video games or driverless cars) and alert publishers solely regarding these pursuits, without storing any other personal information.
As a result, a few ads will eventually appear, but they will consist strictly of relevant content and have a much more limited distribution across websites, thus making user experience much more satisfying than ever before.
All in all, the new Brave browser promises it will provide exceptional privacy to its users, disclosing extremely limited information to publishers and advertisers, while keeping personally identifiable data out of their reach.
Moreover, since promotional messages will be so few and far between, there will be no need for ad filtering or ad blocking, thus allowing content makers to still generate income in order to keep their services free of charge.
Only time will tell if Brave will gain enough traction and publicity in order to become a viable contender in the race for web browsing supremacy, of if the entire venture will go down in flames, just like Eich’s tenure as Mozilla’s CEO.
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