Zuckerberg, Gates, Jobs, Andreessen: Who Is the Greatest Technology Influencer?
No doubt Zuckerberg revolutionized social media.
No doubt Gates changed operating systems.
No doubt Jobs brought us technology that changed the tech world forever.
Who is Andreessen?
Marc Andreessen has changed the way we communicate over the last 20 years. One of the most influential VC’s in Silicon Valley, he is well ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. Steve Jobs had that same vision; to be able to see what products consumers were going to embrace before they were invented or in their earliest stages.
At 22, Andreessen invented the first graphical Web browser, Mosaic. Some would argue this was key to helping the Internet to gain mainstream popularity. He was also the first to the cloud.
In 1994, he cofounded Netscape. At that time it was essentially Microsoft and Netscape. I felt Netscape was the better product but that doesn’t always matter in the long run. As many companies will tell you, the Microsoft muscle sometimes betters others products. For you Apple Geeks, believe it or not Apple was struggling back in those days. In 1994, Netscapes IPO ($2.9 B) began the dotcom boom. This was the moment people realized you could make enormous sums of money by timing markets, even if a company had never made any money.
His luck continued when Andressen started LoudCloud, later renamed Opsware, a service to bring cloud computing to business clients. He was a little ahead of the curve on this one in 1999. He sold Opsware to HP for $1.6 B in 2007.
As a venture capitalist he has backed companies in the early stages such as:
With the recent sale of Instagram to Facebook for $1 B in April, it seems Andreessen’s luck and vision is still as strong as ever.
Marc is a guy that knows how to spot what the future is in technology. When asked by Wired magazine “If the computers get smart enough, then what?” He replied, “I’ll tell you. The ‘then what’ is whatever we invent next.” This is the vision of true visionary.
Zuckerberg, Gates and Jobs have all changed the technology world in their own way and created products that will live with us for quite sometime. They will all be written about in textbooks about business and technology. Should Andressen be in the same sentence as them when talking about technology innovators. I believe so.
Do you agree? Who do you think has been the most influential in modern technology?