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|birth_place = Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.| residence = San Francisco Bay Area|other_names = |alma_mater = University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSanta Clara University|known_for = JavaScriptweblink}}}}Brendan Eich ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|aɪ|k}}; born July 4, 1961)NEWS,weblink Part Artist, Part Hacker And Full-Time Programmer, Lohr, Steve, 1996-09-09, The New York Times, 2017-06-29, is an American technologist and creator of the JavaScript programming language. He co-founded the Mozilla project,WEB,weblink Mozilla CEO Resigns After Calif. Gay Marriage Ban Campaign Donation - ABC News, ABC News, ABC News, the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation, and served as the Mozilla Corporation's chief technical officer and briefly, as its chief executive officer.WEB, Swisher, Kara, Mozilla Co-Founder Brendan Eich Resigns as CEO, Leaves Foundation Board,weblink Recode, April 3, 2014, He is the CEO of Brave Software.WEB,weblink Mystery startup from ex-Mozilla CEO aims to go where tech titans won't, 17 November 2015, CBS Interactive, CNET,

Early life

Brendan Eich grew up in Palo Alto, and he attended Ellwood P. Cubberley High School, was graduated in the class of 1979. Eich received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University. He received his master's degree in 1985 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Eich started his career at Silicon Graphics, working for seven years on operating system and network code.{{Citation|contribution-url=|contribution=Brendan Eich and JavaScript|title=Inventors|publisher=About}}. He then worked for three years at MicroUnity Systems Engineering writing microkernel and DSP code, and doing the first MIPS R4000 port of GCC.

Netscape and JavaScript

He started work at Netscape Communications Corporation in April 1995. Eich originally joined intending to put Scheme "in the browser",BOOK, Saternos, Casimir, Client-Server Web Apps with JavaScript and Java,weblink 4 April 2014, 2014-03-28, O'Reilly Media, 9781449369293, 32–, but his Netscape superiors insisted that the language’s syntax resemble that of Java. The result was a language that had much of the functionality of Scheme, the object orientation of Self, and the syntax of Java. The first version was completed in ten days in order to accommodate the Navigator 2.0 Beta release schedule,NEWS,weblink JavaScript: Designing a Language in 10 Days, Severance, Charles, February 2012, Computer (magazine), Computer, April 4, 2014, and was called Mocha, but renamed LiveScript in September 1995 and later JavaScript in the same month.WEB,weblink JavaScript: General introduction, 2011-02-12, Eich continued to oversee the development of SpiderMonkey, the specific implementation of JavaScript in Navigator.WEB,weblink New JavaScript Engine Module Owner, June 21, 2011, Brendan, Eich,,


In early 1998, Eich co-founded the Mozilla project with Jamie Zawinski and others, creating the website, which was meant to manage open-source contributions to the Netscape source code. He served as Mozilla's chief architect.BOOK, Seibel, Peter, Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming,weblink 4 April 2014, 2009-09-16, Apress, 9781430219484, 132–, AOL bought Netscape in 1999. After AOL shut down the Netscape browser unit in July 2003, Eich helped spin out the Mozilla Foundation.In August 2005, after serving as lead technologist and as a member of the board of directors of the Mozilla Foundation, Eich became chief technical officer of the newly founded Mozilla Corporation, meant to be the Mozilla Foundation's for-profit arm.WEB,weblink Mozilla Foundation Forms New Organization to Further the Creation of Free, Open Source Internet Software, Including the Award-Winning Mozilla Firefox Browser, 2005-08-03, Mozilla Foundation, Brendan Eich, a co-founder and long-time technical leader of the Mozilla project, will become the chief technical officer of the Mozilla Corporation., 2011-02-12, Eich continued to "own" the Mozilla SpiderMonkey module, its JavaScript engine, until he passed on the ownership of it in 2011.On March 24, 2014, Eich was promoted to CEO of Mozilla Corporation.WEB, Mozilla, Leadership Changes, March 24, 2014,weblink blog, March 24, 2014, Gary Kovacs, John Lilly, and Ellen Siminoff resigned from the Mozilla board prior to the appointment,WEB,weblink Three Mozilla Board Members Resign over Choice of New CEO, Alistair Barr, WSJ, some anonymously expressing disagreements with Eich's strategy and their desire for a CEO with experience in the mobile industry."On mobile devices, however, Firefox ranks 13th, with less than 0.1% share, according to Net Applications" Note Net Applications rated Firefox on mobile at weblink" title="">0.01% in Nov 2013 and weblink" title="">0.68% in Jul 2014WEB,weblink Three Mozilla board members—including former CEOs—step down [Updated], Machkovech, Sam, March 28, 2014, Ars Technica, Some employees of Mozilla Foundation (a separate organization from Mozilla Corporation) tweeted calls for his resignation, with reference to his donation of $1,000 to California Proposition 8, which called for the banning of same-sex marriage in California.WEB,weblink Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO, Baker, Mitchell, April 3, 2014, The Mozilla Blog, WEB,weblink FAQ on CEO Resignation, Mozilla, April 5, 2014, April 6, 2014, Eich stood by his decision to fund the campaign, but wrote on his blog that he was sorry for “causing pain” and pledged to promote equality at Mozilla.WEB,weblink Brendan Eich,, Some of the activists created an online campaign against Eich, with online dating site OkCupid automatically displaying a message to Firefox users with information about Eich's donation, and suggesting that users switch to a different browser (although giving them a link to continue with Firefox).NEWS, Deborah, Netburn, Brendan Eich's Prop. 8 contribution gets Twittersphere buzzing, LA Times, 2012-04-04,weblink 2012-04-17, NEWS,weblink OkCupid calls for Firefox boycott to protest anti-gay marriage CEO Brendan Eich, Johnston, Ian, April 1, 2014, Independent, June 5, 2014, NEWS,weblink OkCupid calls for Firefox boycott to protest anti-gay marriage CEO Brendan Eich, Byrdum, Sunnivie, March 26, 2014, The Advocate, Others at the Mozilla Corporation spoke out on their blogs in his favor.WEB,weblink Mozilla employees tell Brendan Eich he needs to "step down", Ars Technica, March 27, 2014, March 28, 2014, Sam, Machkovech, WEB,weblink On Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla, Subfictional Studios, March 24, 2014, April 7, 2014, Christie, Koehler, Board members wanted him to stay in the company in a different role.NEWS,weblink Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott, McAllister, Neil, April 8, 2014, The Register, June 5, 2014, On April 3, 2014, Eich resigned as CEO and left Mozilla; in his personal blog, he posted, "under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader".NEWS, Kim, Susana, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Resigns After Protests from Gay Marriage Supporters,weblink April 3, 2014, ABC News, April 3, 2014, WEB, Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO, April 3, 2014,weblink, April 8, 2014,

Brave Software

Eich is the CEO of Brave Software, an Internet security company that raised $2.5 million in early funding from angel investors.WEB,weblink Brave Software Raises $2.5 Million And Expands Technical Team, The Business Journals, On January 20, 2016, the company released developer versions of its open-source Brave web browser, which blocked ads and trackers and included a micropayments system to offer users a choice between viewing selected ads or paying websites not to display them.WEB,weblink Building a Better Web, Brave Software, 29 January 2016, At Brave Software, Eich co-created the Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency designed for use in the Brave browser. BAT launched its ICO on May 31, 2017 and raised $35 millionweblink



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