Marc Andreessen Success Story

Full Name : Marc Lowell Andreessen
Born : 9th- Jul - 1971
Height : 196 CMS ( 6 Feet 5 Inches )
Birth Place : Lowa
Lives In : Madison
Country : USA
Education : University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Occupation : Entrepreneur
Industry : Internet,
Business
Networth : $600 Million

Early Life

Marc Andreessen gained astonishing image in the industry due to his masterly work and a peerless invention called Netscape web browser. Marc was born at Cedar Falls, Lowa, United States on 9, July 1971 and was then raised in New Lisbon, Wisconsin. This tall boy learnt the BASIC programming language when he was just 9years old. By the time he was hardly in his high school, Marc started finding computers very dull and tedious since he was not able to find the expected degree of innovation in them.

Career

netscape founder marc andreessen

Come 1990’s while working in a Physics lab, Marc observed scientists distributing their piece of work to different universities over the internet. This lead Marc’s temptation spark again. At that time, researcher Tim Berners- Lee had discovered the World Wide Web. Andreessen resolved to make browsing much user-friendly and thus recruited a team of programmers and started working on the same.

After working extremely hard for about two months, living on milk and chocolate chips, the team successfully formulated Mosaic, a graphical web browser. The most striking feature about Mosaic was that it steered through information using mouse clicks and pictures. This venture clearly justified the fact that Marc Andreessen’s software was going to conquer world.

marc andreessen with mark zuckerberg

Marc Andreessen with Mark Zuckerberg

Marc and his team decided to distribute the program for free and very soon about 2million users started using the same to make their browsing experience a better one. Marc undoubtedly gained immense popularity and started ruling the industry by them, this in turn grabbed the attention of the founder of the Silicon Graphics Inc. James Clark sent an email to this great business tycoon in order to discuss about various business prospects. 

Launching Netscape

marc andreessen with ben horowitz

With joint efforts, the two pioneers successfully launched a company that was solely devoted to WWW, they named it Mosaic initially but later the name was changed to Netscape due to copyright issues claimed by Illinois university. Marc also decided to redevelop a better version of the browser and hired some of his college friends to work for the same. The tools gained so much vogue and acceptance that many business ventures purchased the Web server software and the related tools for their websites.

marc andreessen team at rockmelt

With Marc’s great efforts, Netscape went public in August 1995 and the company generated a fancy sum of about $56million. All these achievements were a clear indication behind the making of a world-class entrepreneur. Soon after few days,Microsoft also made its browser available for free in the market, this led to the “Browser war” in 1990’s, with both the companies starting launching newer versions of the browsers in order to affirm their hold over the market.

Awards

2013
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
1995
ACM Software System

Marc Andreessen Views About Money

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