Marc Andreessen likes attention. That’s been abundantly clear for years. Back in the Netscape days, he agreed to be photographed sitting on a throne and playing the part of king of “the golden geeks.” He’s been doing goofy things on magazine covers ever since. He’s also been showing up at all manner of conferences, getting into high-profile boardroom wars, and issuing thought-provoking editorials.
In Andreessen’s case, coveting attention isn’t purely a vanity play. He’s the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, which is now considered one of the premier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. It’s a remarkable achievement. The firm only came to life five years ago, and its founders didn’t have the most sparkling of business track records. Yes, they made plenty of money off things like Netscape and Opsware, but the products and companies failed to live up to their potential. (Bloomberg LP, which owns Bloomberg Businessweek, is an investor in Andreessen Horowitz.)