Fifteen years ago, I had the great good fortune to meet and spend a little time with Marc Andreessen.
He was kind enough to get up early one Saturday morning and drive in the pouring rain in his junk filled Mustang to speak at a conference I organized in San Francisco. (By all appearances, this may well have been the very first serious gathering focused on discussing the practicalities of web-based business.)
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.
Marc has created and sold TWO billion dollar plus companies and is working on his third – and opening a venture capital fund.
If you don’t know who Marc is, it’s simple.
Without him, there’d be no web as we know it.
Years back, a lot of people thought (and said out loud) that Marc had gotten “lucky” with Netscape.
These people obviously never spent time with him.
This is one whip smart dude and he’s proven it over and over since his so-called “dumb luck” breakthrough in the early 90s.
I’m guessing Marc is about 38 a now.
If you want to know what’s going on in the Internet business and in tech in general, give this hour long interview your full attention.
As Marc jokes, he’s often wrong, but rarely in doubt. The thing is he gets the big things right often enough that he’s very worth listening to.
Enjoy – this is a good one. (And if you have a lot of time and stamina you can follow that by watching the original 1994 seminar.)