By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Saturday, June 25, 2011 9:46:37 AM
From its humble beginnings, Opera's co-founder (you can see him and Geir Ivarsøy making the first bits of Opera code in the top left corner in our header image) Jon von Tetzcher's vision and leadership has made his company into the proud icon that it is today. Now, a year and a half after stepping down as CEO, he has announced that he is leaving. Once a company grows, a change in leadership style is often be required as the complexities increase and dynamics of an organization change.
Jon's passion for technology certainly hasn't dwindled in the last years, and he has ideas for new projects, but is keeping the details to himself for now. All of us at Opera wish Jon the best in the future - he will surely be missed!
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Monday, January 10, 2011 2:54:05 PM
Here's a shocker for you: Word Of Mouth Works In India, too! Our mighty co-founder, Jon S. von Tetzchner, was in India recently and He spoke to Tushar Kanwar of Businessworld about the Web, Opera and India, where it is the most popular cellphone browser.
We can't copy/paste the full interview here, but an excerpt might get your Opera-sense tingling:
"We believe that in every part of the organisation, except finance, we should be creative!"
Read the full story...
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Monday, January 3, 2011 6:00:39 PM
The most asked question we get from users is: How do you guys make money (and how tall is Jon)? The answer is simple:
An interesting and scalable business model, but not for web browsers. Also, Jon is roughly 2 meters (6.5 feet) tall.
The answer to how we make money is a bit more complex than the theory illustrated above. We also need something a bit more profitable than underpants. Over the years, Internet and the web browser industry has changed a lot. New business models and opportunities have emerged and Opera, which used to be a paid product, permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee with Opera 8.5.
Today we have two different revenue models: One for the Internet embedded markets (such as Opera pre-installed on a mobile phone or a set-top box) and one for the desktop market:
- For the Internet embedded market, we receive revenue as a mix of engineering fees, maintenance fees and shares of sales income. The balance varies from contract to contract. This model accounts for the majority of Opera’s income.
- For the desktop market, we derive revenue from our free products through revenue sharing with partners. For example, several search engines make usage payments to us for searches made by you (Opera users). This is the major source of income for Opera’s desktop browser, with revenue shares also in place on a variety of mobile products.
Hungry for more business? Go hang out in the Invester Relations corner.
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Wednesday, December 29, 2010 4:42:59 PM
As the year is coming to an end, Pallab De of Techie Buzz wraps it up featuring an interview with Opera's co-founder; Jon S. von Tetzchner.
It's a great read with a thrilling question: "If you were asked to use any browser other than Opera for 24 hours, which browser would you pick and why?". The answer might not be that suprising, but hey... Who can blame him?
Anyway, check out what Opera’s Co-Founder had to say on Extensions, Competition, Web TVs and More.
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Friday, October 8, 2010 9:36:25 AM
Our co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner was on the cover of the CTIA Wireless Week Show Daily magazine. In the article Jon explains his vision of One Web and why technologies like WAP and dotmobi were destined to fail. Most people want to have the same access to Web content on their phone as they have on a computer, even though it may be rendered differently, Jon says in the interview.
Want the full story and all the details? Look no further, you can download the article (pdf).