Michael Kaply –

I’m a consultant specializing in the Mozilla Firefox web browser. I’ve helped companies customize and deploy Firefox and I’ve developed many Firefox add-ons.

Summary of Qualifications

  • 18+ years in software development, including 16 specializing in web browsers and the internet
  • 18+ years in public speaking, technical and non-technical
  • 7+ years leading a software development team
  • 5+ years researching software patents
  • 3+ years in software consulting

Work Experience

Kaply Consulting – Firefox Modification Consultant (2008-Present)

Developed multiple Chrome add-ons (JavaScript, HTML)

Brand Thunder:

Developed the Personas Interactive Firefox add-on (JavaScript, XUL, PHP)

Developed multiple Firefox add-ons related to privacy, including TrackerBlock (JavaScript, XUL)
Search Results LLC:

Developed the Default Tab Firefox add-on (JavaScript, XUL)
Toolbar Expressway:

Developed a new toolbar platform and corresponding Firefox
add-on (JavasScript, XUL, PHP)
SurfEasy, Inc.:

Developed an add-on to completely rebrand Firefox (JavaScript, XUL)

Member of team working on toolbars for 1&1, GMX and WEB.DE (JavaScript, XUL)

Worked with Mozilla to reestablish the Enterprise Working Group

IBM – Firefox Advocate/Mozilla Browser Lead (2002-2008)

  • Coordinated IBM activities around Mozilla and Firefox
  • Researched patents related to Firefox
  • Managed internal deployment and customization of Firefox
  • Worked with IBM product teams to ensure Firefox compatibility
  • Worked to encourage the enterprise adoption of Firefox
  • Blogged about various subjects relating to Firefox
  • Developed Firefox add-ons around customizing Firefox for enterprise deployment (CCK Wizard) and microformats (Operator)
  • Lead team working on various IBM contributions to Mozilla/Firefox including SVG, JavaXPCOM, XForms and Bidirectional Language Support.
  • Participated as a member of the Mozilla Technical Advisory Group

Professional Details


  • Expert on Software Patents
  • Programming Languages: C, C++, HTML, JavaScript, XUL,XML, PHP
  • Technologies: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox extensions, XPCOM, microformats, JSON
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, OS/2

Public Speaking

  • SXSW 2010: Core Conversation “Love AND Money: Can Fansites Pay the Bills?”, Mar 16, 2010
  • Semantic Web Austin Launch Party: “Microformats and Operator”, Jun 17, 2008
  • ePortfolio & Digital Identity: “Exploiting Microformats with the Firefox Operator plugin”, May 7, 2008
  • Eclipse Summit Europe 2007: “Using Eclipse to Develop AJAX Applications (ATF and JSDT)”, October 10, 2007
  • AJAXWorld: “”Using Eclipse to Develop AJAX Applications (ATF and JSDT)”, September, 2007
  • SXSW 2007: Panel “The Growth and Evolution of Microformats”, Mar 12, 2007
  • Attended Zig Ziglar public speaking course


“IBM’s Official OS/2 Warp FAQS”, Book, 1998.


16 issued patents


Southern Methodist University, B.S., Computer Science & Math, 1993.