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Lessons from Mozilla, that apply to other communities

John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla, shares some insights and thoughts on Mozilla, and its a most interesting presentation to go through. The insights are (drizzled with some of my comments):

  1. Superior Products Matter - Without excellent experience and utility, the rest is meaningless. This is true, even with MySQL - our aims and values have always been performance, reliability and ease of use.
  2. Push (most) decision-making to the edges - I understand that as make sure your community has a significant voice (kind of like Wikipedia’s anyone edits policy, but there’s patrolling). He also suggests that on a regular basis, you need to have surprising innovation - things that blow people’s minds. In Mozilla’s case, there are a set of core values that everyone agrees too; …
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