Daniel Glazman Starting Company to Develop Composer

Thursday September 18th, 2003

Ex-Netscape employee Daniel Glazman has announced that he is starting a company to continue the development of Composer, the Mozilla Web page editor. In a Glazblog posting that also covers meals with ex-colleagues and the availability of nose drops, Daniel outlines his new venture: "I am now in the process of starting my own company here in France to continue working on Composer. This company will develop software solutions for the World Wide Web and offer a variety of services around web underlying technologies and open-source tools. I think we will even become W3C member... Wish me good luck!"

Daniel has worked on the Editor portion of the Mozilla codebase for several years and was employed by Netscape Communications Corporation from November 2000 until July 2003. Earlier this year, he announced his intention to continue maintaining Composer, which will eventually become a standalone application like Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird.

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by wvh <>

Friday September 19th, 2003 3:59 PM

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I don't doubt he is qualified to do whatever he wants to do with the internet. That does not mean that starting a company from zero and attract customers, in this day and age, is something that happens lightly. To be able to sell what you are making (be it a product or service), is something completely different than knowing a lot about the internet, browsers, programming. In fact, most people that are bright in scientific ways, are notoriously bad in selling their ideas, especially to an oversaturated market.

So while I wouldn't dare of doubting his capacities, I do want to remark that 'offering solutions and services' doesn't sound like a very original businessplan, and that I can't see the connection with Mozilla (Composer). Read: I'm curious to find out what his plans are exactly.

Besides, being a long-haired open source hippy and a very high profile developer are not mutually exclusive. Nor does 'high profile developer' imply better quality of software than people who make programs for the love of it... quite the opposite in many cases, as e.g. Mozilla itself clearly shows.