Original Link: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/3/5579516/outfoxed-how-protests-forced-mozillas-ceo-to-resign-in-11-days

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge:

On a rainy morning this week in San Francisco, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich sat down for coffee with one of the people calling for his resignation. Hampton Catlin, a prominent developer of apps for the nascent Firefox OS, announced he was abandoning the platform due to Eich’s handling of the disclosure that in 2008 he donated $1,000 to the fight against same-sex marriage. California’s Proposition 8, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, made same-sex marriage illegal in California until the law was overturned by the Supreme Court. Over the course of an hour, Catlin explained the suffering that Prop. 8 caused for him and his partner, a Brit who couldn’t immigrate until marriage became legal. Catlin asked Eich for an apology. He didn’t get one.

Instead, Eich resigned as CEO and stepped down from the board of the Mozilla foundation. “Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it,” the company’s executive chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, said in a blog post today. “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.” Suddenly Eich, who formerly served as Mozilla’s chief technical officer and previously invented the programming language JavaScript, was out of a company he co-founded in 1998. “It may be challenging for a CEO, but everyone in our community can have different beliefs about all sorts of things that may be in conflict,” Eich told CNET earlier in the week. But the challenge proved greater than his leadership.

This was a good move on Eich’s part, and shows exactly what a focused Internet can do…