Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen is one of the most influential American serial tech entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, and perhaps even in the world. He has a long successful entrepreneurial history and is one of the few who started several multiple billion-dollar companies. Marc is the co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (also called a16z), one of the biggest VC firms in America, founded in 2009 together with Ben Horowitz. He co-created Mosaic, the first widely used web browser, that popularized the World Wide Web - it's why he's considered one of the founding fathers of the modern Internet. Marc co-founded Netscape and sold in 1998 to AOL in a $4.2 billion deal. He then co-founded Loudcloud, which sold as Opsware to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion. Ben Horowitz, his business partner, is the author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, one of those must-read books for entrepreneurs. Marc and Ben have invested together, but also separately in around 45 tech startups, including Twitter, before starting a16z together. Marc currently serves on the board of the following companies that are part of a16z portfolio: Applied Intuition, Dialpad, Honor, OpenGov, and Samsara. He is also on the board of Facebook. When he was invited as a guest in Tim Ferriss' show, Marc talked about how he builds Red Teams, a useful exercise that helps his team look for blind spots and make better decisions. Here's how he explains it: We’ll create sort of the counter force and designate some set of people to counter argue the other side. [...] Whenever he [Ben Horowitz - Marc's business partner] brings in a deal, I just beat the shit out of it. And I might think it’s the best idea I’ve ever heard of, and I’ll just trash the crap out of it and try to get everybody else to pile on. And then, at the end of it, if he’s still pounding the table saying no, no, this is the thing, then, we all say we’re all in. We’re all behind you. [...] So it’s the torture test. On his blog, Marc has a series of incredible essays on startups, productivity, making money, that should be mandatory reading for any wantrepreneur. Other interesting articles about Marc Andreessen and a16z: - New Yorker, 2015: The Mind of Marc Andreessen - Wired, 2016: Silicon Valley's secrets are hiding in Marc Andreessen's library - Wired, 2018: How to win friends and influence everybody - Forbes, 2019: Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again)

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Books Recommended by Marc Andreessen

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

by Clayton Christensen

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

by Kevin Kelly

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

by Peter ThielBlake Masters

Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company

by Andrew S. Grove

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past

by Chuck Klosterman

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

by Neal Gabler

The Lean Startup

by Eric Ries

High Output Management

by Andrew S. Grove

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

by William B. Irvine

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

by Reid HoffmanBen Casnocha

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

by Sarah Bakewell

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

by James Dale DavidsonWilliam Rees-Mogg

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

by Annie Duke

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue

by Ryan Holiday

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Twilight of Sovereignty

by Walter B. Wriston

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson

Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

by Philip E. Tetlock

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