Wow. It's ironic how much money can be made by giving something away. Not ad-supported. Not crippleware with a proprietary "upgrade." Just giving it away.
That's the lesson from Mozilla's latest numbers (PDF), as reported by Mitchell Baker, Mozilla's president.
Mozilla's revenues (including both Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp.) for 2006 were $66,840,850, up approximately 26 percent from 2005 revenue of $52,906,602. As in 2005 the vast majority of this revenue is associated with the search functionality in Mozilla Firefox, and the majority of that is from Google. The Firefox userbase and search revenue have both increased from 2005. Search revenue increased at a lesser rate than Firefox usage growth as the rate of payment declines with volume. Other revenue sources were the Mozilla Store, public support and interest and other income on our assets. Mozilla expenses for 2006 were $19,776,193.
Not sure about you, but to me those numbers look pretty darn good. And in case you thought the momentum was slipping, consider the following:… Read more