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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. ®

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