Marc Andreesen Quotes on Belief & Lessons:
The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.
I’m a firm believer that most people who do great things are doing them for the first time. Returning to my theory of hiring, I’d rather have someone all fired up to do something for the first time than someone who’s done it before and isn’t that excited to do it again. You rarely go wrong giving someone who is high potential the shot.
My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.
To do original work, it is not necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.
We’re betting for change. When he makes a mistake, it’s because something changes that he didn’t expect. When we make a mistake, it’s because something doesn’t change that we thought would. We could not be more different in that way.
Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.
TV and the press have always functioned according to the same sets of rules and technical standards. But the Internet is based on software. And anybody can write a new piece of software on the Internet that years later a billion people are using.
There are people who are wired to be skeptics and there are people who are wired to be optimists. And I can tell you, at least from the last 20 years, if you bet on the side of the optimists, generally you’re right.
Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded.
Companies in every industry need to assume that a software revolution is coming.
"It's really rare for people to have a successful start-up in this industry without a breakthrough product. I'll take it a step further. It has to be a radical product. It has to be something where, when people look at it, at first they say, I don't get it, I don't understand it. I think it's too weird, I think it's too unusual."
Marc andreesen Quotes on Startup, Technology & Change:
In the startup world, you’re either a genius or an idiot. You’re never just an ordinary guy trying to get through the day.
The difference between a vision and a hallucination is that other people can see the vision.
People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.
In a startup, absolutely nothing happens unless you make it happen.
If you’re unhappy, you should change what you’re doing.
Any new technology tends to go through a 25-year adoption cycle.
My goal is not to fail fast. My goal is to succeed over the long run. They are not the same thing.
If we’re in a bubble, it’s the weirdest bubble I’ve ever seen, where everybody hates everything.
Ten to 20 years out, driving your car will be viewed as equivalently immoral as smoking cigarettes around other people is today.
Technology is like water; it wants to find its level. So if you hook up your computer to a billion other computers, it just makes sense that a tremendous share of the resources you want to use – not only text or media but processing power too – will be located remotely.
Innovation accelerates and compounds. Each point in front of you is bigger than anything that ever happened.
A very large percentage of economic activity is shifting online and it makes sense that there are more services that are going to charge. It also means there are going to be more people willing to pay.
Marc Andreessen is an entrepreneur, investor and a software engineer. In 2009, together with his business partner Ben Horowitz, he established a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm named Andreessen Horowitz. With only $300 million investment, the firm rose up to $2.7 billion in three years.
He graduated from the University of Illinois. He served as a co-founder and vice president of technology for Mosaic Communications Corporation, maker of the first widely used web browser. The company was later renamed Netscape Communications. Aside from Netscape, he was also the co-founder of Opsware, a SaaS company and Ning, a company that provides a platform for social networking websites.
Andreessen currently serves on the board of many well-known companies such as Facebook, eBay, Hewlett Packard etc. He is a strong advocate of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency.
In 2011, he was ranked no. 1 on CNET’s most influential investor list. In 2012, he was named in the annual list of the 100 Most Influential People by Time. He was awarded the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2013.