Jon S. von Tetzchner is leaving Opera
I just hope that they continue to value their users and not fall in the shady ways other browsers do business. 😐 I feel that Opera is in a crossroads with these news. 😐
Mr. von Tetzchner was one of the people that kept Opera honest. 😐 😦
Here’re my sentiment put in better words from a user in the article:
Originally posted by bvermo:
I think this is about Jón’s fundamental values. Those are the values that made the company survive through the dotcom crisis and the many years before that. He has always placed his principles and long-term goals ahead of quarterly results.
This is one of the problems for a successful and innovative company that has gone public – it will attract investors who are only in it for the money, and who want short-term results. For instance, it is no secret that Jón had a clash with Morgan Stanley at the shareholders meeting a few years ago. That time he got his way, but in the long term a publicly traded company will have to reflect the goals of its major shareholders.
My guess is that he has saved himself a lot of frustrations, and that the shares will increase in value – but I fear for some of the internal dynamics and values that have made the company and the product what it is. Users will probably not notice any negative impact, at least not in the short run.
Lets really hope that the negative impact don’t come at all. 😐