Adblock Plus and (a little) more

New role · 2015-06-11 11:41 by Felix Dahlke

As Wladimir has just announced, I’m taking over as Chief Technology Officer of Eyeo, the company behind Adblock Plus.

My first Adblock Plus patch has landed a little more than three years ago. I’ve joined Eyeo back when it was just a handful of people working on Adblock Plus for Firefox and new ports for Chrome and Android. I’ve worked on those projects, as well as on scaling and open sourcing our infrastructure, libadblockplus, a native wrapper around the Adblock Plus code, and Adblock Plus for Internet Explorer. By now I’ve contributed to pretty much all of our projects, wherever I felt my time was best spent. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on Adblock Browser for Android, our new mobile browser based on Firefox.

And ever since I joined Eyeo, I’ve been acting as Wladimir’s de-facto right hand man. We both wanted to build a company that essentially works like an open source project. People should work on the things they care about, when and where they want. Everyone, staff or volunteer, should be able to contribute to everything. Decisions should be made based on consensus, not authority. And instead of asking ourselves what to open source and what to discuss in the public, we should ask ourselves the opposite question: What shouldn’t be public? (Turns out, not much.) We’ve achieved much of that, but there is still room for improvement, and a constant need to adjust our structure, processes and communication channels to meet these goals as we grow. That is, and will continue to be, a major part of my role.

Wladimir will continue to play a central part in the Adblock Plus project, and at Eyeo. As a module owner and super reviewer, he will continue to be in charge of largely the same projects as before. As a co-founder of Eyeo, his values have been shaping its culture, and we’ve built a great team that shares these values. We will continue to respect our users’ privacy and choices. Giving people the power to decide what they see and expose online is, after all, what we’re all about.

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