Opera Software's co-founder, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, has resigned from the company, thus ending a term that began with the company's creation in 1995.
The resignation comes in the wake of the next version of their desktop web browser, Opera 11.50. It is not yet clear what Mr. von Tetzchner and the board were in disagreement of, considering the continuous growth of users on their products.
"It is of course a choice that brings up a lot of emotions", says von Tetzchner. "When we first started out, we were a few guys in a really small office - now we are spread all over the world, have over 740 employees and over 200 million users. I am very proud of what we have accomplished, and look forward to following the company closely also in the future."
Von Tetzchner will be with Opera Software until 30th of June and has ideas about new projects, but is not ready to reveal any of his ideas as of right now.
The press release, includes an conciliatory email sent by Mr. von Tetzchner to Opera employees:
It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Next week will be my last at Opera. It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Opera. As a result I have come to an agreement with the Board to end my time at Opera. I feel the Board and Management is more quarterly focused than me. I have always worked to build the company for the future. I believe the foundation we have is very solid to build further upon.
I do believe strongly in Opera as a company, and in all of you working here. Our products actually make a difference for a lot of people in the world, and I wish you all the best of luck moving forward. I will be following the company closely and rooting for you all.