Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser family, has cut around 250 jobs from its roster during restructuring. That's based on a recent blog post shared by the company to announce the changes.
The company indicates that the restructuring process was actually started in Spring. Initially, it discussed the possibility of job cuts and other changes with employees from that date. And, contrary to intuition, has little to do with the ongoing pandemic if anything. Instead, the release of the workers has more to do with optimizing the company to better compete.
Covid-19 played a role in preventing the company from addressing the goals it had prior to its arrival. It already had planned to lose at least some jobs as part of those goals.
According to Mozilla, the newly-unemployed are each "individuals of exceptional" caliber, both professionally and personally. Moreover, the company's note continues, they've really made the company what it is today.
So why is Mozilla dropping employees now for restructuring?
Of course, the decision isn't entirely unrelated to the ongoing global health pandemic either. In fact, Mozilla says that its restructuring is essential to continue serving consumer needs. Specifically, it points to "combatting a lethal virus" and "battling systemic racism," as well as protecting "individual privacy."
That's all in addition to other core tenets that are being changed as it shifts focus across five categories. That includes focusing on 'product, technology, community, and economics' as well as a new "mindset."
Beginning with the last of those, Mozilla points out that the Internet has become "the" platform. It drives innovation, decentralization, and a lot more. That's across both open- and standards-regulated portions of the network. And it's under that banner that Mozilla hopes to address the other new areas of focus. Specifically with the goal of being proactive and engaged to protect, defend, and otherwise build on what the Internet is.
So what does that vaguery even mean?
First, Mozilla says it wants to build products that mitigate harm and address problems people face today. That includes new experiences that users will love and want. But all of that needs to be built on core values of diversity and representation in a modern implementation.
Solving modern problems will also require a renewed focus on technology. According to Mozilla, that places it in a unique position as a "technical powerhouse" for the "internet activist movement."
And that's a position the company wants to keep through all of its offerings across desktop and apps. It hopes to accomplish that by focusing on new product development and drawing in businesses in areas that wouldn't traditionally be associated with web technology. Including new areas that are developing. Mozilla gives specific examples including Wasmtime and the Bytecode Alliance. Particularly with a focus on nano processes.
As part of that endeavor, Mozilla is looking to improve its offerings. Particularly where that pertains to its open-source volunteers and the community it's built with the Mozilla Foundation. More succinctly, the company hopes to open the doors to more participants. Especially when it comes to helping them build the internet they want to build.
Finally, Mozilla indicates that it needs to refocus on economics. Its previous model was, of course, free. But that has consequences, the company says. Because of those consequences, the company says it needs to explore new business opportunities and partnerships — joining with others who can help build a "better internet." All while also finding ways to sustain itself in the interim.