Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) is a legendary figure in Silicon Valley — and worldwide. Even in the epicenter of tech, it’s hard to find a more fascinating icon.
Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser, the first widely used graphical web browser. He also co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. Then he co-founded Loudcloud, which sold as Opsware to Hewlett Packard for $1.6 billion.
He’s considered one of the founding fathers of the modern Internet, right alongside pioneers like Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Uniform Resource Locator (URL), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and early HTML standards.
This all makes him one of the few humans ever to create software categories used by more than a billion people. He’s also one of the few who’s established multiple billion-dollar companies.
Marc is now co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he’s quickly become one of the most influential and dominant tech investors in the world.
In this interview, Tim digs into some fun things Marc has not discussed in many places, including:
His epic debate vs. Peter Thiel
Rules for investing
The future of bitcoin
Favorite books, documentaries, and movies
And much, much more
If you only have 5 minutes, here’s what Marc misses most about the mid-90s Internet (and what he’d like to bring back).
Please do say hi to Marc — he’s very active on Twitter at @pmarca.
“Fuck it… I’m just not going to play this traditionally anymore.”
– Chris Sacca
Chris Sacca was recently the cover story of the “Midas Issue” of Forbes Magazine.
The reason: He is a newly-minted billionaire and the proprietor of what will likely be the most successful venture capital fund in history: LOWERCASE I of LOWERCASE Capital.
He’s an early-stage investor in companies like Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter, and many more.
In this interview, we discuss unfair advantages, how Chris chooses founders and investments, stories of missed opportunities, the styles that differentiate Wall Street from Silicon Valley investors, and how keg parties can liberate law students from the tyranny of class (Chris completed law school without attending any classes).
I get asked a lot about investing.
This is mostly due to start-up investing and the hoopla around it, but I’ve expanded my experiments to late-stage deals, real estate, and more. So far, my startup bets are 10x+ more successful (on paper) than my publishing career. Based on cashed-out positions, they’re still several times more successful. I’ve had a lucky stretch.
By no means am I an elite investor, but I’ve borrowed from elite investors since 2007. I’m incredibly fortunate that amazing people have been very generous with their time. Thank you, all!
I’ve made hundreds of survivable mistakes, networked my little bald head off, and–net-net–I’m happy with the results.
In this short podcast episode, I’ll explain the five (or so) steps I took to become a better investor, starting at ground zero.
Caveat emptor: I am NOT a financial advisor, and none of this advice should be taken without speaking to a qualified professional first. Also, my results could be due to pure luck and zero skill. M’kay? M’kay.
The episode’s only 40 minutes long, despite it saying 2 hours