Almost two years to the day that Mozilla acq-hired him, Firefox Creative Lead Aza Raskin will be leaving Mozilla on January 1 to found a new startup called Massive Health. Raskin started out as head of user experience at Mozilla Labs where he spearheaded projects such as Tab Candy, Ubiquity, Jetpack, new mobile interfaces, and geolocation specifications.
Now, at Massive Health, he wants to bring better interface design to help people take control of their health, specifically people with weight-related health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Massive Health will present people with better data and tighter feedback loops so they can assess how the actions they take today will impact their weight and overall health.
His co-founder is Sutha Kamal. Atul Varma—another Mozilla colleague and his former CTO at Humanized (the startup he sold to Mozilla)—will be also be joining him. Better health through better information is a huge, mostly-untapped opportunity. We’ll be following Massive Health closely once it launches. Here is Aza’s post on his departure.
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Aza Raskin is the founder of Massive Health, a startup which aims to help people take control of their health through good information design. Previously, he was the creative lead for the Firefox browser and head of user experience at Mozilla Labs. He also founded Humanized (which was acquired by Mozilla), Songza, and Bloxes. The son of Apple software pioneer Jef Raskin, he brings a keen interest in human interface design to everything he does.
Massive Health’s vision is to make healthy living attainable for everyone, and better science available to all. Through great design and intuitive technology, Massive Health provides access to the information that makes healthy living a daily habit and readily understandable. Their first experiment, the Eatery, helps people eat healthier by making it fun, simple, and engaging to track food and build healthy habits. Rather than counting calories or journaling each bite, the Eatery equips consumers with an exciting...
Born from Netscape’s 1998 open sourcing of the code base behind its Netscape Communicator internet suite, Mozilla Firefox currently holds approximately 22.48% of the world market for internet browsers as of April 2009. Version 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004 after a series of name changes, and within a year close to 100 million downloads of the browser technology had occurred. The following two years saw upgrades to version 1.5 in November 2005 and 2.0 in October 2006....