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By: sjcobrien Tue, 01 May 2012 05:20:59 +0000 Felix:

Thanks for the linkback. My post came when Andreessen was just jumping into the VC game. He and I both agreed that the VC industry was in steep decline and the result would be that a handful of big firms would end up with the lion’s share of investors and deals. He was absolutely confident that his new firm could be among the 5 to 10 big firms left standing, though I was a bit more dubious. The game’s not over, certainly, but their track record so far has given them a lot of momentum. Given the way entrepreneurs revere him and the firm, it seems like he’s got a shot.

Now, whether this ultimates is a good thing or a bad thing for the larger tech economy, well, we’ll see.

By: askpang Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:53:16 +0000 “he’s dragging Silicon Valley into the world of philanthropy, where it’s historically been very weak.”

Umm. No.

Dave Hewlett and Bill Packard, and their families, have been philanthropists for decades. The value of their gifts to Stanford University exceed the Stanford family’s original endowment (or so I was told by some development folks there). The Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, the open space trusts that have kept a significant part of Silicon Valley from turning into places to park Range Rovers in front of McMansion… not to mention a variety of locally-famous schools, charitable foundations, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

Too elitist? Fundraisers for schools sound too self-serving? Maybe Santa Clara U.’s social innovation prizes, and its goal of improving the lives of a billion poor by 2020, is a bit more to one’s liking.

Indeed, you might make the case that Marc learned about the value of philanthropy from his spouse, whose family real estate business shaped Silicon Valley, and whose family foundation has shaped Silicon Valley in different ways.

So Marc’s not inventing a new tradition. If anything, he’s doing a great job of showing how new money legitimates itself by imitating old money. (And yes, here in the Valley money made selling klystrons and calculators– anything before about 1990– is Old Money. Those dollars might as well have been printed by Rembrandt.)

By: escapist Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:18:42 +0000 So.. what’s the point of this article? Your thesis statement seems to be: “People think Marc Andreessen is great, but he’s not really all that great.”

Not sure what good this does me as a reader. Seems kinda lousy, actually.

By: Since1978 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:07:22 +0000 Its hard to watch a guy have Andressen get so much credit.

You should add in that he was going to take a job when James Clark approached him and ask Andressen if he would start a company with him. The point there is that Andressen wasn’t even an entreprenuer at that point. Without James Clark he would be another coder in a room somewhere. Now he’s just playing the VC game.

Felix, you are my hero.

Please write next about Mark Cuban.

Since you are so good at hitting the MARK :)

I never thought anyone would write the truth about these guys.

Raising huge amounts of money and throwing it around to ultimately find the bigger patsy is all they do.

Many of us have started much smaller companies and worked really really hard just to stay alive, earning real revenues but never getting any credit for anything really.

Thank You

By: Graubart Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:23:25 +0000 Gotta disagree with you on this one, Felix.
When we look back to see who were the most influential figures of the internet & cloud days, Marc will be near the top of most people’s lists.
Netscape was not only a transformative technology, but also transformed the way that Silicon Valley works. We may not love what it’s turned into, but those heady early days certainly drove a lot of innovation. And with Microsoft throwing tons of cash at IE, the fact that Netscape didn’t win in the end doesn’t tarnish its accomplishments IMO.
Opsware, while not a home run, was certainly a double. Timing is often everything, and it was a bit ahead of its time.
Ning was a whiff – but he’s hardly the only one to strike out chasing ways to monetize social media tools.

When I look at Marc Andreessen, I see a visionary innovator with as good a sense for where technology may be headed as anyone in the market.
What he probably has needed through his career is a top notch operational manager/COO to partner with, much in the way that Ray Lane helped execute Larry Ellison’s vision during the boom years at Oracle.