Mozilla Google budget screaming
Something is just wrong here... Mozilla just extended its deal with Google (making it the numero uno search engine) for something like 400 million dollars PER YEAR. For the next three years.
That is 1.2 BILLION dollars from 2020 to 2023.
If you cannot run a freaking NON-PROFIT on 400 MILLION dollars PER YEAR that means:
a) You are paying your executives too much.
b) You don't know how to manage a non-profit.
c) All of the above.
@ParadeGrotesque that's a fair question to ask, and not one I know the answer to.
Your assertion in OP though is misleading and dangerous for Mozilla in the long run.
How is it misleading? 400M$ per year should be enough to cover Mozilla expenses.
I *know* there are some incredibly important non profit orgs running on much less per year.
For instance, Amnesty international, which is a huge org, has a budget of +/- 300M$ per year. And they do a lot more in the real world, while Mozilla work (while important) is entirely "virtual".
My point is the following: Mozilla does not have to fire anyone. This is bad management, pure and simple.
@ParadeGrotesque read the quote again. It's not a matter of covering expenses, but where those expenses go.
The commercial arm which raises unrestricted income to support the non-profit is a common model - amnesty etc will have this too. I agree completely that they do have loads of money.
It's frustrating that their commercial activity doesnt seem to be targeted at diversifying away from that Google money. Never has been from what I've seen.
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