Brendan Eich Net Worth, Bio, Brave Browser, Mozilla, Privacy-Advocacy

Brendan Eich.
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Who Is Brendan Eich?

Brendan Eich is an American computer scientist, software developer, and entrepreneur.

Eich is the developer of JavaScript – a programming language that is most commonly used in web environments.

Eich is also a co-founder of Mozilla Foundation and a co-founder of Brave Software – the developer of the privacy-focused Brave web browser. He briefly served as Mozilla CEO but resigned 11 days after appointment due to attacks from progressive activists after it was revealed he had supported California’s pro-traditional marriage ballot initiative which sought to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

In the time since he has become a major privacy proponent and a vocal critic of cancel culture.

Eich is currently the CEO of Brave Software.

 

Brendan Eich Wiki-Style Biography And Background

Brendan Eich’s LinkedIn profile states that he graduated from Santa Clara University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Math/Computer Science. In 1985, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a master’s degree in Computer Science.

From 1985 to 1992, Eich worked as a Software Engineer at Silicon Graphics. After leaving Silicon Graphics, Eich worked as a Software Engineer at MicroUnity until 1995.

 

The development of JavaScript in 10 days

In 1995, Eich was hired by Netscape as a Principal Engineer/Chief Architect. At Netscape, Eich was assigned the task of creating a working prototype of a programming language that would run in the Netscape web browser. Inspired by the programming language Java, Eich’s programming language would become known as JavaScript.

Eich commented as follows on the positioning of the programming language he developed:

If I had done classes in JavaScript back in May 1995, I would have been told that it was too much like Java or that JavaScript was competing with Java … I was under marketing orders to make it look like Java but not make it too big for its britches … [it] needed to be a silly little brother language.

According to Computer, the programming language “would need to appeal to nonprofessional programmers much like Microsoft’s Visual Basic and interpretable for easy embedding in webpages.”

JavaScript was developed in 10 days in 1995 to accommodate the tight release schedule of Netscape 2.0 Beta.

 

Brendan Eich at Mozilla

In 1998, Eich and Netscape executive Mitchell Baker co-founded Mozilla to build the Netscape browser’s source code into an open-source project, according to CNET.

Netscape was shut down by its parent company AOL in 2003, after which Eich and Baker undertook the transfer of Netscape’s work to Mozilla Foundation.

In 2005, Eich and Baker set up Mozilla Corp. as a for-profit entity within Mozilla Foundation.

According to Eich’s LinkedIn profile, his roles at Mozilla include Chief Architect (2003 – 2005), CTO (2005 – January 2013), CTO and SVP Engineering (January 2013 – March 2014), and CEO (March 2014 – April 2014).

Washington Business Journal writes that the appointment of Eich as Mozilla’s CEO triggered heavy criticism due to a $1,000 donation he had made in 2008 to California Proposition 8 – a constitutional amendment that intended to ban same-sex marriage in the state. BBC writes that although Proposition 8 was initially passed, it was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013.

Here is a video from the time reflecting the progressive activists’ criticisms of Eich:

On April 3, 2014 – 11 days after Eich’s appointment – Mozilla announced that Eich had stepped down as the company’s CEO.

As a column in Forbes noted at the time:

Brendan Eich recently stepped down as CEO of Mozilla, developer of the Firefox Web browser. It may be more accurate to say he was forced out in the wake of a rising boycott against him. The backlash against Eich is related to his position on gay rights, but many feel that the campaign against him is its own form of discrimination and intolerance.

 

Brendan Eich’s Brave Browser

Brave browser.
Courtesy of Brave.com.

 

In May 2015, Brendan Eich co-founded Brave Software – the developer of the Brave web browser.

In August 2016, TechCrunch reported that Brave Software raised $4.5 million in seed funding.

The Brave browser places heavy emphasis on privacy, blocking website advertisements and preventing activity tracking. Users may also participate in the Brave Rewards program to view Brave advertisements in exchange for Basic Attention Tokens (BATs). Earned BAT may be withdrawn or gifted to content creators of the users’ choice.

According to CoinMarketCap, BAT’s value has been around $0.10-$0.20 for the majority of its history, though it reached the vicinity of $1.5 in spring 2021.

BAT price.
Courtesy of CoinMarketCap.com.

 

During the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of BAT, Brave raised approximately $35 million. TechCrunch states that this amount was raised in less than 30 seconds.

As of June 2021, Brave had 33.8 million monthly active users and 11.7 Million daily active users. Between March 2021 and June 2021, the number of verified content creators on the Brave platform has increased from 1,000 to approximately 1.2 million.

 

What Is Brendan Eich’s Net Worth?

Brendan Eich’s net worth is approximately $130 million, according to unconfirmed estimates found online.

In May 2019, when Brave was looking to raise $30-$50 million to support its activities, the company’s valuation was at about $133 million, according to CoinDesk. The market cap of BAT was in the vicinity of $800 million in June 2021, according to CoinMarketCap.

During Eich’s years at Mozilla, Google started paying Mozilla royalties for featuring Google Search as Mozilla Firefox’s default search engine.

According to All Things Digital, in 2010, Google contributed 84% of Mozilla’s $123 million in revenues. In December 2011, Mozilla renewed its search royalty contract with Google for three years, with Google agreeing to pay approximately $300 million per year in royalties.

 

Online Presence And Publicity

Brendan Eich is present on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Eich also has a personal website where he used to actively post news and articles connected to his business activities.

In February 2021, Eich was interviewed by AI researcher and podcaster Lex Fridman. He was also featured in a podcast episode by Binance – a cryptocurrency exchange founded by Changpeng Zhao.

 

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