Marc Andreessen is first and foremost, the hero who brought the Internet’s World Wide Web to the masses with his company, Netscape, in 1995. He is also a VC powerhouse- his firm, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), has an astounding portfolio of Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Airbnb, and more unicorns. He was on the 2012 Forbes Midas List of Tech’s Top Investors and in the same year, named in the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Andreessen co-founded Netscape, which became the de facto web browser in early 1995, ruling 75% of the market. With Netscape’s IPO, he was featured on the cover of Time and other publications, putting Andreessen in the public eye. When Netscape was acquired by AOL for $4.2bn, he immediately moved onto his next successful business, Opsware, which was one of the first companies to offer software as a service and to attempt cloud hosting. Opsware was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6bn in 2007.
Although Andreessen was a natural computer prodigy as a child, he wasn’t very interested in pursuing computer science as a career during his college years. At that time, he was pretty much the model slacker, doing only enough work for him to get by. “I’m a big fan of work avoidance,” he revealed in a Rolling Stone interview.
Check out the books that Andreessen has recently recommended from his Twitter:
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Is the future knowable, and by whom? All pundits and commentators should publish their prediction track records, yet don't. What to pay attention to and what to ignore. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Captivating dive into human decision making, marred by inclusion of several/many? psychology studies that fail to replicate. Will stand as a cautionary tale? (Andreessen's Twitter)
Compact guide to probabilistic domains like poker, or venture capital. Best articulation of 'resulting', drawing bad conclusions from confusing process and outcome. Recommend for people operating in the real world. (Andreessen's Twitter)
‘Billions’-esque saga of global financial market manipulation, at mind-boggling scale and hiding in plain sight, by a small cabal of bankers in London. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Best (?) walk through the ancient/current philosophy of Stoicism. You can't control other people but you can control yourself, so do that. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Smash hit in Japan, and easy to see why. Adlerian psychology meets Stoic philosophy in Socratic dialogue. Compelling from front to back. Highly recommend. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Inside story of how Britain decided to exit the EU. Economic self-destruction or national liberation? Repercussions to play out for decades. (Andreessen's Twitter)
‘Wall Street’-esque battle between Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn over unlikely target Herbalife. Sip a delicious Herbal Aloe Shake while reading. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Wide-ranging meditation on how to think about the reality that we're probably wrong about most things we believe. Hard to read and not emerge humbled. (Andreessen's Twitter)
On the bus/in the plane with the Hillary campaign. Revealing in many dimensions at once, and highly entertaining. Best book on the 2016 campaign so far? (Andreessen's Twitter)
One perspective on the politics of immgiration in Europe, playing out in real time, e.g. Merkel almost getting deposed days ago. Confusing on multiple levels from US perspective. (Andreessen's Twitter)
How cities drive the development of civilization, by putting people together. Highly relevant to the future of the Internet! (Andreessen's Twitter)
Sparkling explanation of how the economy evolves, producing the glorious cornucopia of goods and services available all around us. How to feel good about the future even in dark times.
True, chilling saga of straight up, profoundly deep treason and betrayal. Sociopaths in high positions of power and influence. Hair curling. (Andreessen's Twitter)
'How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—All versions of a bigger question: How do you live?' (Andreessen's Twitter)
The film was fine but the book is unreal; incredibly vivid story of superlative American heroes. (Andreessen's Twitter)
The astonishing story of the Litvinenko and Perepilichnyy assassinations in the UK; reads like a Lee Child thriller; plenty topical now. (Andreessen's Twitter)
'The median American is a moderate national socialist – statist to the core on both economic and social policy. Given public opinion, the policies of First World democracies are surprisingly libertarian.' (Andreessen's Twitter)
What's it like to train with a Navy SEAL in winter in New York for a whole month? (Andreessen's Twitter)
Best (?) book so far on the Democratic side of the 2016 race, most provocatively on the impact of the press coverage of the email hacks on the last stages of the race. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Spellbinding creative and business history of the incredibly imaginative comic book industry in the decades before it ate Hollywood. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Visceral, raw, you-are-there recounting of living through the hack attacks and resulting meltdown of the DNC in 2016. (Andreessen's Twitter)
How 1960s racial politics descended into 1970s terrorist bombings, thanks to privileged college students breaking very bad. (Andreessen's Twitter)
The founding and growth of military contractor Blackwater as told by its founder and CEO; newly relevant due to the Mueller investigation. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Startling walk through a series of domains where peak human performance is rising at remarkable rates due to 'flow state'. Thought provoking and then some. (Andreessen's Twitter)
Best (?) book so far on the Republican side of the 2016 race, and a deep dive into the intellectual origins of Bannonism and to some extent Trumpism. (Andreessen's Twitter)