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Cultural Shift Fed Brouhaha At Mozilla

Publication Date: 
April 11, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
John Wildermuth

Rock Center Fellow Vivek Wadhwa comments on the resignation of Mozilla CEO after his donation to Proposition 8's campaign for The San Francisco Chronicle. 

When Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was shown the door after being outed for giving $1,000 to Proposition 8’s campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, it was a turning point for both the gay rights movement and for Silicon Valley.

Even before Eich, co-founder of Mozilla and a top name in the tech world, resigned last week after a few days in the position - in the face of boycott threats against his company’s Firefox Web browser - his opponents were under attack by conservatives and even some in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for conducting a “witch hunt” against someone with whom they disagreed.


”The valley demands openness, but the first time they come across someone they disagree with, they crucify him,” said Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford University’s Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance.