Opera CEO: Sale To Chinese Consortium Wasn’t Our Decision

After months of rumor, Opera finally confirmed two weeks ago that its board had accepted a takeover offer from a consortium of Chinese firms for the price of $1.2 billion.

I had a chance to sit down this week at MWC with Lars Boilesen, the CEO of Opera, and Håkon Wium Lie, the company’s CTO and inventor of cascading style sheets (CSS). In this wide-ranging and candid interview, we touched upon everything from the recent acquisition to the company’s future product plans.

Opera CEO Lars Boilesen

Opera CEO Lars Boilesen

The elephant in the room, though, was obviously the proposed sale. Boilesen and Wium Lie stressed multiple times during the interview that the sale hadn’t gone through yet, and I couldn’t help but get the impression that they wouldn’t be horribly disappointed if something would…

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