Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen ( born July 9, 1971 in Cedar Falls, Iowa), is co-founder of the company Netscape Communications Corporation and developer of the Mosaic browser, one of the first internationally widespread web browser. He is co-founder of the online platform Ning and was CEO of the software company Opsware, which was acquired by HP in 2007. He sits on the board of Room to Read, Facebook, Oculus VR and others. Since 2009, Andreessen developed RockMelt web browser with former partners Eric Vishria and Tim Howes. RockMelt end of 2013 was taken over by the internet company Yahoo, the development of RockMelt and other Webapps was discontinued operations on 31 December 2013.


Marc Andreessen was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa and grew up in New Lisbon, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor After studying computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He then worked one summer at IBM in Austin, Texas, and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( NCSA ), where he became acquainted with the ideas of Tim Berners -Lee for the World Wide Web. Andreessen and Eric Bina, a full-time employee of the Institute, worked together on a user-friendly browser with graphical capabilities, which should work on as many systems. The result of this work was the Mosaic browser. Andreessen was very demanding and answered every user request and each proposal, which the browser was known and popular.

After graduating from the university in 1993, Andreessen moved to California and worked at Enterprise Integration Technologies. Here he met James H. Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, who saw great commercial potential in Mosaic and encouraged the establishment of a company to market. Both founded in 1994 according to Mountain View, California, Mosaic Communications Corporation and Andreessen became vice president. Since the University of Illinois the use of the name Mosaic did not agree, one designated by the company Netscape Communications Corporation and developed the Netscape Navigator browser. Andreessen engaged in the result for the widest possible public dissemination of the program, which has been made ​​freely available on the internet.

In 1995, the IPO of Netscape and the 25- year-old Andreessen has been stylized into the wunderkind of the Internet generation. Due to the success of Netscape and Microsoft, the software company rose in the newly recognized business Internet and licensed the code of the Mosaic browser from Spyglass, forming a company, the University of Illinois, and developed Internet Explorer. The subsequent competition between the two browser makers led to the so-called browser war that eventually it found its temporary end that the Netscape browser was ousted from his position as market leader.

In 1999, Netscape was bought for 4.2 billion U.S. dollars from AOL, Andreessen became the technical director of the company. In the same year he left AOL and created Loudcloud that went to the stock exchange in 2001 and renamed after the sale of its services segment at Electronic Data Systems in Opsware. Moreover, it was Andreessen investor of a number of internet start-ups, including the most widely used microblogging service Twitter, the provider of social bookmarks Digg and community platform Ning, whose founder he was in 2005. Andreessen is a member of the Board of Facebook and Oculus VR.

In 1997 he was awarded with Eric Bina W. Wallace McDowell Award to.