Marc Andreessen (born July 9, 1971, in Cedar Falls, Iowa and raised in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, United States) is one of the most successful entrepreneurs (called a Silicon Valley "whiz kid" ), startup coach, blogger, investor, and a multi-millionaire software engineer best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser, and co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation. Events 455 - Roman military commander Avitus is proclaimed Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States, and it is home to one of Iowa's three public universities the University of Northern New Lisbon is a city in Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Mosaic is the browser which popularized the World Wide Web. It was also a browser for earlier concepts such as Ftp, Usenet, and Gopher A web browser is a software application which enables a user to display and interact with text images videos music games and other information typically located on a Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) is an American computer services company He was the chair of Opsware, a software company he founded originally as Loudcloud, when it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Opsware Inc. was a software company based in Sunnyvale California which offered products for server and network device Provisioning, configuration He is also a co-founder of Ning, a company which provides a platform for social-networking websites. Ning is an online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks launched in October 2005 Ning means "peace" in Chinese
Andreessen received his Bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A bachelor's degree is usually an Undergraduate Academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three four or in some cases and Computer science (or computing science) is the study and the Science of the theoretical foundations of Information and Computation and their This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of As an undergraduate, he interned one summer at IBM in Austin, Texas, United States. International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the He also worked at the university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), where he became familiar with Tim Berners-Lee's open standards for the World Wide Web. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( NCSA) is one of five original centers in the National Science Foundation 's Supercomputer Centers Program and a Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA (born 8 June 1955 is an English computer scientist who is credited The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked Hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. Andreessen and a full-time salaried co-worker Eric Bina worked on creating a user-friendly browser with integrated graphics that would work on a wide range of computers. Eric J Bina (born October 1964 is the co-creator of Mosaic and the co-founder of Netscape. The resulting code was the Mosaic web browser.
After his graduation from the university in 1993, Andreessen moved to California to work at Enterprise Integration Technologies. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Andreessen then met with Jim Clark, the recently-departed founder of Silicon Graphics. Dr James H Clark (born 1944 is a prolific Entrepreneur and former computer scientist Silicon Graphics Inc (commonly initialised to SGI, historically sometimes referred to as Silicon Graphics Computer Systems or SGCS) is a company Clark believed that the Mosaic browser had great commercial possibilities and suggested starting an Internet software company. Soon Mosaic Communications Corporation was in business in Mountain View, California, with Andreessen as cofounder and vice president of technology. Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) is an American computer services company California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The University of Illinois was unhappy with the company's use of the Mosaic name, so Mosaic Communications changed its name to Netscape Communications, and its flagship web browser was the Netscape Navigator. Netscape Navigator and Netscape are the names for the proprietary Web browser popular in the 1990s and the Flagship product of the Netscape
In the year between the formation of the company and its IPO, Andreessen engaged in extensive public outreach on behalf of his vision of the web browser's potential, something he had in fact done continuously since making the decision to distribute Mosaic for free via the Internet.
One of these events, hosted by Internet commercialization pioneer Ken McCarthy, was captured on video  and provides a unique look at the state of the web between the time Andreessen and his colleagues launched Mosaic and the time when web browsers and servers became mainstream commercial products. Ken McCarthy (born September 20 1959 is an American activist educator entrepreneur and Internet commercialization pioneer Video is the technology of electronically capturing, Recording, processing storing transmitting and reconstructing a sequence of Still images At the time of the recording, Andreessen was 23 years old.
Netscape's IPO in 1995 propelled Andreessen into the public's imagination. Initial public offering (IPO, also referred to simply as a "public offering" is when a company issues Common stock or shares to the public for the first Featured on the cover of Time and other publications, Andreessen became the poster-boy wunderkind of the Internet bubble generation: young, twenty-something, high-tech, ambitious, and worth millions (or billions) of dollars practically overnight. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and List of child prodigies|Fictional child prodigies A child prodigy is a one who masters one or more skills or arts at an early age The " dot-com bubble " (or sometimes the " IT bubble " was a speculative bubble covering roughly 1995–2001 (with a climax on March 10
Netscape's success attracted the attention of Microsoft, which recognized the web's potential and wanted to put itself at the forefront of the rising Internet revolution. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational Computer technology Corporation, which rose to dominate the Home computer Microsoft licensed the Mosaic source code from Spyglass, Inc., an offshoot of the University of Illinois, and turned it into Internet Explorer. Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE) commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of graphical The resulting battle between the two companies became known as the Browser Wars. The term "browser wars" refers to the competition for dominance in the Web browser marketplace
Netscape was acquired in 1999 for $4. 2 billion by AOL, which made Andreessen its Chief Technology Officer. A chief technical officer or chief technology officer (abbreviated as CTO) is an executive position whose holder is focused on scientific and technical issues within
However, he would soon leave to form Loudcloud, a services-based Web hosting company that underwent an IPO in 2001. Opsware Inc. was a software company based in Sunnyvale California which offered products for server and network device Provisioning, configuration Loudcloud sold its hosting business to EDS and changed its name to Opsware in 2003, where Andreessen served as chairman. Electronic Data Systems (EDS is a global Business and technology services company headquartered in Plano Texas that defined the Outsourcing business Opsware Inc. was a software company based in Sunnyvale California which offered products for server and network device Provisioning, configuration Opsware was purchased by Hewlett-Packard in September 2007 for approximately $1. 6 billion.
Andreessen is an investor in social news website Digg and several other early-stage technology startups, like Plazes, Netvibes and Twitter. Digg is a Website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories and voting and commenting on submitted Netvibes is a multi-lingual Ajax -based personalized Start page much like Pageflakes, My Yahoo!, IGoogle, and Microsoft Live Twitter is a free Social networking and Micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets) His latest project is Ning, which launched in October 2005. Ning is an online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks launched in October 2005 Ning means "peace" in Chinese He serves on the board of Open Media Network, a combined Kontiki (VeriSign) client and media player, launched in 2005. The Open Media Network (OMN is a P2PTV application which focuses on educational and public service programs Andreessen is now active in the blogging community. You can check out his blog at: http://blog.pmarca.com/
Andreessen is married to Laura Arrillaga, who is the chairwoman of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund , and the daughter of Silicon Valley real estate billionaire John Arrillaga. John Arrillaga is a wealthy American businessman who made his money through Real estate.