35 Facts About Marc Andreessen


Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, venture capital investor, and software engineer.


Marc Andreessen is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser with a graphical user interface; co-founder of Netscape; and co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.


Marc Andreessen co-founded and later sold the software company Opsware to Hewlett-Packard.


Marc Andreessen sits on the board of directors of Meta Platforms.


Marc Andreessen was one of six inductees in the World Wide Web Hall of Fame announced at the First International Conference on the World-Wide Web in 1994.


Marc Andreessen was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and raised in New Lisbon, Wisconsin.


Marc Andreessen is the son of Patricia and Lowell Andreessen, who worked for a seed company.


Marc Andreessen worked in the AIX graphics software development group responsible for the MIT X Window implementation and ports of the 3D language APIs: SGI's Graphics Language and PHIGS.


Marc Andreessen worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, where he became familiar with Tim Berners-Lee's open standards for the World Wide Web.


Marc Andreessen then met with Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon Graphics, who had recently exited the firm.


Marc Andreessen was featured on the cover of Time and other publications.


Marc Andreessen's hiring as its chief technology officer was contingent on the completion of the acquisition.


Loudcloud sold its hosting business to EDS and changed its name to Opsware in 2003, with Marc Andreessen serving as chairman.


On September 1,2009, an investor group that included Marc Andreessen Horowitz acquired a majority stake in Skype at a valuation of $2.75 billion, which was considered risky.


Marc Andreessen first joined the eBay board of directors in 2008, and served on it for six years.


In October 2014, Marc Andreessen announced his resignation from the board due to the company's decision to break off its online payments unit PayPal.


Icahn advocated for the PayPal split while Marc Andreessen opposed the spin off, resulting in public disputes.


Marc Andreessen was accused by Icahn of putting his own interests in front of what was best for shareholders.


Marc Andreessen advises the leaders of companies in which Marc Andreessen Horowitz invests, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Mark Pincus of Zynga.


In 2012, Marc Andreessen was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by Time.


In 2013, Marc Andreessen was one of five Internet and Web pioneers awarded the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.


Marc Andreessen cofounded and chaired Ning, the third company he established after Netscape and Loudcloud.


Marc Andreessen joined Glam Media's board of directors following the sale.


Marc Andreessen is a personal investor in companies including LinkedIn and boutique bank Raine.


Marc Andreessen serves on the board of Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kno, Stanford Hospital, Bump Technologies, Anki, Oculus VR, OpenGov, Dialpad, and TinyCo.


Marc Andreessen is advisor to Asana and director of CollabNet.


Marc Andreessen is on an advisory board for Neom, the Saudi Arabian government's plan to build a futuristic megacity in the desert.


In February 2016, Marc Andreessen posted a tweet in response to India's decision to apply net neutrality to Facebook's proposed project Free Basics.


Marc Andreessen later deleted the tweet following criticism from Indians and non-Indians alike.


The lawsuit alleges Marc Andreessen secretly coached Zuckerberg through a process to win board approval for the stock change, while Marc Andreessen served as an independent board member representing stockholders.


Marc Andreessen is the founder of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and daughter of Silicon Valley real estate billionaire John Arrillaga.


In 2012, Marc Andreessen expressed some support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.


In 2022, Marc Andreessen advocated against the construction of 131 multifamily housing units in their affluent Atherton, California town.


Marc Andreessen's comments sparked criticisms of hypocrisy, as he had previously argued for increased housing supply, in particular in California.


Marc Andreessen has a chapter in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.