beginnings

numen (n(y)oo’-men) n. a spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon or locality (pl. numina)

So this is the part of the blog where I tell you who I am.

I’m the father of a de-lovely two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and the husband of a gifted artist. I live in Oakland, California, home to (in no particular order) Jack London, Angela Davis, Children’s Fairyland, Ishmael Reed, Lake Merritt, MC Hammer and Del tha Funkee Homosapien.

I’m the new director of product marketing for Mozilla Corporation, and I am damned happy to be here.

It’s a dream job for me, and it’s going to be an adventure spreading the word about who Mozilla is and why what we do matters.

I’ve worked in technology for most of my career. My first job after college was as an interactive scriptwriter and associate product manager at Spectrum HoloByte, where we made computer games based on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I left Spectrum after several years to work for the Milarepa Fund. Milarepa was hosting the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. I remember the guys from Sonicnet set up a live webcast from the shows, although how they managed to pull that off in 1996, in the middle of the park, still boggles me. It was a beautiful two days in every sense. Greets to the M. crew if you are reading this now in 2005.

After helping to start up a television advertising company, I worked for two years as an independent web producer. Then it was off to business school, and product marketing at Adobe Systems, where I launched PageMaker, InDesign CS PageMaker Edition and Creative Suite 2.

Which brings us to today.

My intent is to use this blog to promote Mozilla’s mission, and to demystify how we make our marketing decisions. I read a number of marketing blogs, and I’m struck by how much is presumed about the level of inside knowledge a reader already has about the practice of marketing. I’ll try as much as I’m able to share what I’ve learned over the past several years of school and work when I post about things we’re doing.

I’m glad to be here as part of the Mozilla community.

18 Replies to “beginnings”

  1. Heh, I think I’ve used a good number of the products you’ve worked on in your previous lives. It’s great to have you aboard, Paul, and I’m looking forward to working with you.

    In case nobody’s mentioned it yet, get used to searching out the Starbucks Doubleshots that are in the downstairs fridge. We don’t tend to sleep a lot of the time .. 🙂

  2. Welcome to the wonderful world of Mozilla blogguers, Paul!

    It’s great to have you share the marketing vision of Mozilla corp.

    Marketing is not always understood by the Open-Source crowd, and communicating is a must. I’m adding you to my aggregator right now!

  3. Thanks everyone for the warm welcomes. Also I’m still tweaking my WordPress settings so bear with me if it takes a little while for your comment to appear here. I will probably remove comment moderation next week and see how much (if any) comment spam shows up. When I make that change there should no longer be a delay for your comments to appear.

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  5. Good to have you promoting Firefox and more Paul, congrats. I’m part of the 11 or so people on the team with Ian Hayward, working on a new, better, more effective SFx! Look forward to working with you on related things in the future hopefully.

  6. Hi! Glad to have you on the Moz team!

    Since you are the new director of product marketing, I might have to talk to you soon; but only after the launch of 1.5… I’ll wait until you are less busy.

  7. Welcome and good luck. Like Kris Silver I am part of that team on SFX (with Ian) also, and marketing is of interest for me.

    I am also looking forward on future co-operations! BTW I just named you our marketing guru ;o)

    Kind regards,

    Marco

  8. Welcome Paul!
    I volunteer and contribute wherever and whenever I can to Mozilla. I’ve recently created the Firefox Accessibility Project and I’m a contributing member of SFx and other projects. The greatest thing I’ve learned about Mozilla is how open and welcoming all of the Mozilla communities are. I’m new with limited technical knowledge, but I’ve been welcomed by everyone that I’ve been in contact with, but I’m sure that you already know this. Congratulations on the position.

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