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Marc Andreessen Flexes His Muscles in Silicon Valley


Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen at Opsware headquarters in Sunnyvale, 2003.

Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

He spoke for Hewlett-Packard's board when it showed ex-CEO Mark Hurd the door—and is now part of the team searching for Hurd's successor. He played a role in eBay's spinoff of Skype—buying a $50 million chunk in the process. And he has the ear of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as that company marches toward battle with Google.

Marc Andreessen—engaged, opinionated, assertive—has long been a geek's geek but is now a power player like never before. Seventeen years after he developed the breakthrough Web browser that launched Netscape and the dot-com era, Andreessen, 39, is playing roles at HP, eBay, Skype and Facebook that prompted the tech news site VentureBeat to dub him "the King of Silicon Valley."

And that was before news surfaced that his venture fund, Andreessen Horowitz, is courting investors for a new $650 million fund—only a year after it debuted with a $300 million fund.

From San Jose Mercury News
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