Marc Andreessen is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur,
who is best known for being a coauthor of the Mosaic web browser,
and a cofounder of the Netscape Communications Corporation. Marc
Andreessen was born on the 9th of July, 1971, and was a student
at the University of Illinois. Since selling Netscape to AOL in
1998 - for over four billion dollars - Andreessen has invested in
a range of technology firms and is one of the leading 'lights' of
the Silicon Valley tech' community.
Andreessen was a student of computer science at the University
of Illinois during the early 1990's; he graduated in 1993. During
this period, Andreessen also worked at the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications (NCSA); which is based at the University of Illinois
and deploys large scale cyber-infrastructure for North America.
While Andreessen studied at the University of Illinois - along
with other students - he co-wrote the code for the Mosaic web browser.
Mosaic is acclaimed for popularising the World Wide Web: as it expanded
the accessibility to the service. It is claimed that Andreessen
discovered the World Wide Web whilst working at the NCSA.
After graduating Andreessen moved to California, and alongside
Jim Clark, cofounded the Mosaic Communications Corporation. The
Mosaic Communications Corporation recruited software engineers who
designed the Mosaic web browser; which included: Eric Bina and Lou
Montulli. In 1994, the Mosaic Communications Corporation released
the 'Mosaic Netscape' browser.
By early 1995, the browser was renamed to Netscape Navigator, and
the company was renamed to the Netscape Communications Corporation.
Due to competition from Internet Explorer, the company eventually
fell into financial problems and was sold to AOL; Netscape was sold
in 1998, and the sale price was over four billion dollars.
Andreessen's influence within the Silicon Valley technology sector,
and tech firms with a heavy focus on the World Wide Web, is notable:
which is exemplified by the fact he is a member of the 'World Wide
Web Hall of Fame' and a board member of Facebook. Since 2005, Marc
Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have invested in technology firms, like:
Twitter, Facebook, and GitHub. In 2009, he founded the firm 'Andreessen
Horowitz': which is a venture capital firm that manages a range