Mozilla has re-upped its search deal with Google until 2011, which promises a massive revenue stream to continue flooding into the rapidly surging open-source web software maker.
SAI is continuing to conjecture about a possible IPO, predicting a total worth of $4 billion. SAI estimates Mozilla to be worthy of a 25X revenue multiple, and with $150 million flooding into Mozilla’s coffers every year, it makes for an awfully big number.
But what will happen to the big handful of developers who made Mozilla what it is today? Going public invites a huge headache that would be ridiculous to deal with. Some of the developers say they would fight an IPO tooth and nail.
Firefox actually takes some heat for its exclusive deal with Google. Internet Explorer is generally less friendly to Microsoft’s own Live Search than Firefox is to Google. In fact, getting Live Search put into the Firefox search bar is a lot more tricky than getting Google into Internet Explorer.
Hard to see Mozilla going public anytime soon, but it would be big news if it did.