Marc Andreessen

Entrepreneur, Investor and Software Engineer

Marc Lowell Andreessen (/ænˈdriːsən/ ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser; co-founder of Netscape; and co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He founded and later sold the software company Opsware to Hewlett-Packard. Andreessen is also a co-founder of Ning, a company that provides a platform for social networking websites. He sits on the board of directors of Facebook. Andreessen was one of six inductees in the World Wide Web Hall of Fame announced at the First International Conference on the World-Wide Web in 1994.

Book Recommendations

The Wizard of Menlo Park

by Randall E. Stross

The Wizard of Menlo Park is a great biography of Edison. And Edison was kind of proto Silicon Valley in a lot of ways. And I think he’s really interesting. His record has sustained innovation in many, many different areas and how he then went out to try to commercialize things.

Marc Andreessen, source
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Schulz and Peanuts

by David Michaelis

Another one I really like, coming out of left field, but there’s Charles Schultz is the creator of Peanuts. The Schultz biography is amazing. And, basically, the biographer makes the case that Peanuts was the longest, continuous work of American art ever made.

Marc Andreessen, source

Walt Disney

by Neal Gabler

The Walt Disney biography, one of our founders, Brian Chesky, the founder of Airbnb, Walt Disney is his hero. And so he’s gotten me even more deeply into that. So the author, Neal Gabler, who has written the best biography on Walt Disney. And it’s a phenomenal book.

Marc Andreessen, source

Zero to One

by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

I think Peter Thiel’s book is self recommending and is an excellent book, Zero to One.

Marc Andreessen, source

Only the Paranoid Survive

by Andrew S. Grove

Andy wrote another book called Only the Paranoid Survive, which is one of my favorite topics. And so that is also a very good book we recommend.

Marc Andreessen, source

High Output Management

by Andrew S. Grove

So High Output Management is one of Andy Grove’s books. It’s the best book on management ever written.

Marc Andreessen, source