Since news surfaced that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's donated to Proposition 8 in California, the internet has been set ablaze, leading to boycotts, the boycotts stemming from those first boycotts, and Eich almost immediately stepping down as CEO. FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver took it upon himself to take a look at just how common anti-Prop 8 donations were in Silicon Valley's largest tech companies. A vast majority of the donations made were in opposition to Prop 8 though the numbers differed by company:

At Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin.

Clearly, Eich's actions did not speak for Mozilla as a whole—they fucking ousted the dude so that probably says a lot right there. Silver also found that of the 12% of donations that were anonymous, 95% of those donations were made in support of Proposition 8, which I find to be the most interesting factoid.

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These numbers are irrelevant.

The CEO is the public face of the company he heads. He is the personification of the company's brand. It doesn't matter what Bob in Finance donates to. He's just a worker bee. When he's Bob the CEO, his actions are irrevocably linked back to the company. It's a different kind of position than any other in a firm. Most people do not understand this and most articles do not try to explain it. Fact doesn't sell the drama, I guess. I'm a little surprised Nate Silver weighed in here; I am certain he does know this.

The real failure here was Mozilla's. There are firms whose entire job is finding high profile candidates for CEO and making sure something like this can't happen. Most folks who go into the CEO role craft their entire lives toward that goal. Eich did not. Mozilla did him a grave disservice by hiring him for this role.