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Blake Ross, Firefox Co-CreatorBlake Ross, Firefox Co-Creator

At first glance, Blake Ross seems to be a typical 20-year-old college kid. That is, until you find out that he programmed Web pages at 10, coded for Netscape at 15, and co-created the Firefox browser at 17.

J. Nicholas Hoover

January 14, 2006

2 Min Read

Blake Ross, Firefox co-creator -- photograph by Jeffery Salter/Redux Pictures; location: Felt Billiards, Miami
photograph by Jeffery Salter/Redux Pictures;
location: Felt Billiards, Miami

Blake Ross
Firefox co-creator
Interview by J. Nicholas Hoover


"At my favorite coffee shop, I sit within inches of a competitor who brazenly discusses company strategy week after week. He probably thinks I'm doing math homework."


Ah, To Be Young
"It's hard to be taken seriously after you tell a VC that you can't meet for drinks because you're under age. But [being young] is also an enormous competitive advantage, since people underestimate you or write you off entirely."


How I Got My Start
"I stumbled across the art of programming years ago and subsequently devoured every online coding example I could find. I thank God every day that I didn't accidentally discover calligraphy first."


What's Next
People "want a corner of the Web they can call home, not one of these cookie-cutter sharing portals--a palatable, personal space that they can mold in their image."


If I Weren't A Coder
"[I'd] write novels, then direct the film versions. I love telling stories, and there's only so far you can go with code."

About the Author(s)

J. Nicholas Hoover

Senior Editor, InformationWeek Government

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