Exactly 15 years ago today, Opera Software was founded by Geir Ivarsøy and Jon S. Von Tetzchner.
Opera Software was founded because the company hosting the research, Telenor, didn't believe that it was a viable project. Jon and Geir thought otherwise.
Jon and Geir also believed that the full web should be accessible from any device, including mobile phones. Just about everyone else said they were wrong, and that WAP was the way to go.
Opera Software was also the birthplace of things like HTML5, and the inventor of CSS is our Chief Technology Officer.
Today, browser users take things like popup blocking, full page zoom, and searches right from the address bar for granted. Opera Software pioneered these and many other browser features, and made more of an impact on the market than most people realize.
Opera Software has branched out from tiny basement offices, to reaching users worldwide, and with offices in several countries around the world. Even today, Opera is pushing technology that most of the market does not yet understand, but which will be taken for granted when the market has matured.
All of this and more in just 15 years.
And yes, there was cake!