i read that mozilla is launching a ‘for profit’ subsidiary so they can ‘better compete with microsoft’s IE’. there is a lot in this i dont follow. first, why does a for profit stand a better chance of competing? i guess they think they can attract more capital which makes sense to me. but, i’m really confused about how you distribute equity in such a venture. how does a non-profit transfer assets and then equity ownership to individuals? i just cant see a fair way to do this. if this is possible, why wouldnt all companies start as non-profits and then change status and transfer valuable assets (cash and IP) at a convenient time? there must be a big piece of this story i’m missing. can anyone fill me in?