Who: Mitchell Baker
Company: The Mozilla Organization
Has Held Title For: 10 months
Previous Title: Associate general counsel, Netscape Communications
In 1999, when Netscape released the code for its Communicator software, it recommitted to the open-source development that had defined the Internet's early years. It also created mozilla.org to be a focal point for world-wide efforts to improve its software. Mitchell Baker directs mozilla.org.
How does being a wrangler differ from being a manager?
People voluntarily contribute code to this project. Many of those people have no organizational relationship to me. So I can't tell them what to do.
What does your title convey?
To people familiar with mozilla.org, it says that I'm a central access point. For those unfamiliar with us, it conveys a sense that something different is going on here.
Do you have a pet lizard?
Plastic ones, but no live ones.
If you did have a pet lizard, what would you name it?
Something "-zilla." I have a plastic one from New Zealand named "Newzilla." If I had a live one, I'd probably call it "Boyzilla" — after my one-year-old son, whom I call "the boy."
A version of this article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2000 issue of Fast Company magazine.