Blake Ross is the 24 years old American software developer best known for his work on the Mozilla web browser Firefox.
He started the Mozilla Firefox project with Dave Hyatt, He created his first website at the age of 10, Blake who was Born in Miami, Florida was still programming whilst in school and soon after Netscape became open-source, he began contributing to the platform.
He worked as an intern at Netscape Communications Corporation at the age of 15, while attending high school at Gulliver Preparatory School and after graduating in 2003, He started in Stanford university but decided to take a leave of absence due to the workload of his project.
During his time interning at Netscape, he was disappointed with the browser he was working with, during the time which netscape was recently purchased by America Online.
But Ross and Hyatt wanted to change the way browser operated and was used, he wanted a smaller, easy to use browser and it been open source made it more interesting especially growth-wise.
Firefox had over 100 million downloads in less than a year and now Web surfers are switching to Firefox at the rate of 7 million a month.
Currently, he is a Director of Product at Facebook and currently resides in nearby Mountain View, California.
He also spends most of his time on his new startup Parakey with another ex-netscape employee Joe hewitt, a new user interface designed to bridge the gap between the desktop and the web.
On July 20, 2007 the BBC reported that Facebook had purchased Parakey.