The 411 on Netscape's Marc Andreessen
(Corrects spelling of Marc Andreessen's name in headline)
In the 15 years since Netscape's initial public offering made him rich, Marc Andreessen, 39, has become a ubiquitous Silicon Valley power broker. He's an entrepreneur, he's an investor, he's hunting CEO candidates for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). It's hard to keep track.
Netscape, née Mosaic Communications, was only his first act. After AOL (TWX) bought the browser firm in 1998 and then merged with Time Warner, Andreessen departed and has formed a range of companies.
Netscape: Web-browser startup; went public in 1995
Opsware: Network software; bought by HP
Ning: Social network
Andreessen Horowitz: Venture capital firm. (Bloomberg LP is an investor)
Andreessen Horowitz, the $300 million investment fund he launched a year ago, has already backed a string of apparent winners. The firm is reportedly raising a second, larger fund.
Skype: Internet calling
Zynga: Social gaming
Boku: Mobile payments
Asana: Business collaboration software
Foursquare: "Check-in" smartphone applications
SnapLogic: Cloud computing
GoodData: Business analytic tools
Years before he created his VC firm, Andreessen (who wouldn't comment for this article) was investing in, and mentoring, dozens of startups in all corners of computing.
LinkedIn: Social network
Digg: Social news site
Business Insider: Blog network
Tiny Speck: Online games
Scribd: Document publishing site
Blekko: Search engine
Crowd Fusion: Online publishing
Andreessen is on some of the highest-profile boards in Silicon Valley. That includes the board of HP, which this summer voted to oust its chief executive, Mark Hurd, after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
HP: On executive search committee
Skype: Spun off by eBay with IPO plans
eBay: Helping CEO John Donahoe with a turnaround
Facebook: One of the social network's five directors
Kno: Startup that makes digital textbook readers