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Marc Andreessen on Charlie Rose

A fascinating interview with Netscape founder and Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen.

This interview with Netscape founder and Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen from last year is fascinating.

As the author of the first widely-used web browser (Mosaic), a serial investor (in companies like Digg and Twitter) and a board member in key web companies (Facebook and eBay) he is in a good position to comment on how the web is changing the world in which we live.

A few interesting snippets include:

  • The stupidity of Viacom suing Google
  • The potential of Twitter
  • How he is responsible for both Firefox (which came out of Netscape) and Internet Explorer (which came from Mosaic)
  • Why The New York Times should cancel its print operations as soon as possible
  • Why kids living on their laptops (figuratively speaking) is ‘fantastic’
  • Why Andy Grove of Intel is one of the most important figures in the history of modern tech
  • Google was the first search engine that really worked and once they unlocked ‘the advertising problem‘ it became a ‘magic business’
  • At 42.45 he basically predicts the iPad
  • Why the economic crisis of 2008 didn’t affect Silicon Valley in the same way as the 2001 slump did (although the ongoing recession will have a long term effect)
  • A possible solution to the banking crisis

[Link via Anne Thompson]