In this episode, I talk to industry legend Jon von Tetzchner about what it takes to compete in crowded markets. And we also explore how Microsoft felt threatened in its market dominance by his browser company and ultimately resorted to unethical business practices.
Here are some of the topics we cover in this interview:
- Why Microsoft became afraid of a small Norwegian browser startup that challenged its market dominance and resorted to unethical business practices,
- How Opera mobile was able to capture almost 80% market share,
- What made the Opera and now the Vivaldi browser so unique,
- The way Opera experimented with new business models,
- How a company can continue to add innovative features to its product without killing the usability or turning it into a product that nobody wants to use,
- How to create and foster high-performing teams,
- Why almost all browsers can be traced back to a single origin,
- How, despite the seemingly endless browsers out there today, there‘s actually very little choice and competition for end-users,
- Why browsers are some of the most complex pieces of software out there.
Links & Resources Mentioned
- Wikipedia: Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner
- Wikipedia: Opera (company)
- Wikipedia: Presto (browser engine)
- Download the Vivaldi Browser: Vivaldi.net
- Vivaldi Forum
- The Register: MSN deliberately breaks Opera's browser, claims company
- Opera Software: The one million download challenge of Opera 8: Opera's CEO will swim from Norway to the USA
- Geek.com: Opera CEO fulfils Download Challenge … sort of
- The Inquirer: Opera co-founder resigns over disagreements
- Cnet: Microsoft behind $12 million payment to Opera
- Frankfurter Allgemeine: Porsche muss aus dem MDAX ausscheiden (German)
- Android Police: Opera reportedly has multiple predatory loan apps in the Play Store with interest rates of up to 876%
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