Marc Andreessen: The Internet Icon You Never Heard Of
Apr 26, 2012 12:29
Marc Andreessen may not be as rich as Bill Gates or as iconic as Steve Jobs but he's a very important guy. In his twenty year career, Andreessen has done more than any other person to change the way we communicate online.
Wired rans a series of interviews to mark its 20th anniversary, and its first is centered around Andreessen. He's the man who invented the first graphical web browser, and went on to back companies like Twitter, Instagram and Skype.
The interviews are based on five of Andreessen's key ideas. In 1992 - that everyone would have the web. In 1995, that the browser would become the OS. In 1999, where businesses would live in the cloud. In 2004, where everything would become social. And in 2009, when software will eventually eat the world. Take this example from 1995:
"Technology is like water; it wants to find its level. So if you hook up your computer to a billion other computers, it just makes sense that a tremendous share of the resources you want to use-not only text or media but processing power too-will be located remotely. People tend to think of the web as a way to get information or perhaps as a place to carry out ecommerce. But really, the web is about accessing applications. Think of each website as an application, and every single click, every single interaction with that site, is an opportunity to be on the very latest version of that application. Once you start thinking in terms of networks, it just doesn't make much sense to prefer local apps, with downloadable, installable code that needs to be constantly updated."
The full interviews are an excellent read. Check it out over here:[Wired]