HP grabs web pioneer
Netscape founder navigates way onto board
Marc Andreessen is joining the board of HP.
The man behind the browser many of us old gits first used to get online will become HP's 11th director.
HP's chief exec Mark Hurd described him as a software pioneer who helped shape the internet, and a welcome addition to the company's board.
Andreessen now runs a $300m venture capital fund called Andreessen Horowitz, focused on web firms.
The Netscape Navigator browser was sold to AOL, which eventually killed the iconic bit of software, although its code lives on within Mozilla's Firefox.
Andreessen remains chairman of Ning, which lets you set up your own social networks, and also sits on the boards of eBay and Facebook. ®
Stands to reason...
... considering that he is also the man who started Opsware (along with Horowitz) who they successfully sold to HP for 1.4 billion... (1.4 billion is what you pay for an Aerospace company, not a 2 bit software company with a small customer base.)
If they can get away with stuff like that then I understand why they feel qualified to run a venture capital fund...
Just for kicks and giggles, I tried to run Mosaic again, but of course it didn't work... would have been a laugh though... Ah "the good ole days" I remember how great gopher search was,...
re: First browser?
"Those of us who were *really* in at the start used NCSA Mosaic." Which Marc Andressen co-wrote... Don't get huffy unless you plan on being right.
Re: First browser?
Marc Andreessen was one of the authors of Mosaic, not just Netscape.
Not to forget...
Marc Adreessen wrote Mosaic, before being lured away from NCSA to start Netscape.
IE was originally a Mosaic derivative and up to and including IE 6 still included some Mosaic code (look for the NCSA credits).
And that's why Microsoft lovers' anti open source attitude is so ridiculous!