Opera founder resigns from company, cites differences with board

By on June 26, 2011
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“The Board, Management and I do not share the same values.”


Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, founder of the popular internet browser Opera, has handed over his resignation after citing differences with the company’s board.

In an email to his employees, von Tetzchner said that the management and he no longer share the same values, and feels that they have shifted to a more “quarterly focused” plans than he would have liked.

Dear All,

It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Next week will be my last at Opera. It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Opera. As a result I have come to an agreement with the Board to end my time at Opera. I feel the Board and Management is more quarterly focused than me. I have always worked to build the company for the future. I believe the foundation we have is very solid to build further upon.

I do believe strongly in Opera as a company, and in all of you working here. Our products actually make a difference for a lot of people in the world, and I wish you all the best of luck moving forward. I will be following the company closely and rooting for you all.

Yours truly,

In a press release, Opera said that von Tetzchner will be with the company until 30th June, and has ideas about new projects, although they are “not ready to reveal any of his ideas as of right now.”

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner founded Opera Software in 1995 and led the team up to 2010 before taking up a full-time strategic advisor role in the company.


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