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Andreessen's Secret Plan To Find the Next Netscape

CmdrTaco posted about 5 years ago | from the lemme-know-how-that-works-out-for-ya dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "CNN reports that Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen has raised $300 million to launch a new venture capital firm that aims to reinvent the way money is doled out in Silicon Valley while reflecting Andreessen's unwavering view that the Internet will soon take over all aspects of our lives and that online services won't merely supplement your TV viewing or newspaper reading, but will replace those activities altogether. Andreessen, on the board of Facebook and an angel investor in Twitter, says that technology moves so quickly that only the young can keep up with what the latest stuff can do. 'So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old — who was 24 just five years ago — would never think of,' say Andreessen. 'We love that kind of thing.' Andreessen thinks that when companies are acquired too quickly, innovation slows down, and he says that YouTube might have come up with a path to profitability faster if it wasn't a part of Google. 'It is hard for big ones to out-execute up-and-comers,' Andreessen says. 'Our secret plan is to watch what gets acquired and fund the next company. A good template is to fund companies doing whichever the next-generation product would have been.'"

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130 comments

Hey! (2, Funny)

QCompson (675963) | about 5 years ago | (#28594485)

"that the 29-year-old -- who was 24 just five years ago" I was told there wouldn't be math.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594583)

No you were not.

Next!

ATTENTION! Tag article as -- SCAM -- (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594783)

$300m is a lot for a guy with an old/failed business model to spend of other people's money. This smells like a scam, not quite Madoff-scale, but a scam nonetheless.

Re:ATTENTION! Tag article as -- SCAM -- (1)

vivaoporto (1064484) | about 5 years ago | (#28594853)

He is spending other people's money in a risky environment with their full knowledge and consent. it is not called "venture" capital without a reason. They know they are investing in a high risk high potential business plan.

CALL 911! And then tag article as -- SCAM -- (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594887)

Uhhh...no they don't. If they did, they would be investing their money elsewhere.

Re:CALL 911! And then tag article as -- SCAM -- (2, Insightful)

Lord Bitman (95493) | about 5 years ago | (#28595251)

interesting theory you have there. So, all people who engage in any activities which have risk associated with them only do so because they are unaware of the risks, therefor all risk-based activities are scams and should be illegal?

Re:CALL 911! And then tag article as -- SCAM -- (1)

johnlcallaway (165670) | about 5 years ago | (#28595913)

It's called 'ROI'. If I have a portfolio of $100M, I might be willing to put up $10M in highly risky ventures under the assumption that some of them might succeed and return a significant sum that offsets the losses.

This is the nature of investing. I don't invest my 401K in risky stocks because I can't afford to loose it. But that doesn't mean someone who can afford to loose it, because they have already made enough to live on the rest of their lives, won't mind taking the risk for even more gain.

Yes .. it's legalized gambling. Except gambling is usually defined as a game of pure chance, where the odds can be calculated (and usually favor the house.) Investing is taking a gamble, but the odds are unknown and based on guesswork.

The odds of flipping a coin 5 times and having it come up heads each time are known and each flip is independent of prior results. The odds of a specific company becoming highly profitable are unknown, but the risks are decreased by inventive minds and creative forces where each decision impacts the outcome of events afterward.

Re:CALL 911! And then tag article as -- SCAM -- (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 5 years ago | (#28597921)

It's called 'ROI'. If I have a portfolio of $100M, I might be willing to put up $10M in highly risky ventures under the assumption that some of them might succeed and return a significant sum that offsets the losses.

ROI stands for return on investment. This is a method for deciding whether to make (or not) a particular investment.

It has nothing at all with how much you can afford to lose, nor with spreading the risk.

where to send it (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 5 years ago | (#28595075)

If Andreessen's looking for the next Netscape to give money to, I'll save him some trouble and email him my home address.

Re:Hey! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594717)

That's why you're leaving university at 24 ... where did those extra three years come from? Oh, a year off because your parents were rich and you went around the world. And then you did a less stressful 4 year course. Maybe with a year out in industry, conveniently placed in Daddy's business.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594895)

FOOL! They only told you that to make you useless...

that's why I'm hitting COBOL hard... when they say it's almost gone, they are in reality teaching all the 23 year olds it, so in a year or two everyone else will not know it anymore...

It's brilliant...

Re:Hey! (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 5 years ago | (#28594975)

Real programmers code in machine assembly language.

age discrimination (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594521)

"So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old â" who was 24 just five years ago â" would never think of," say Andreessen. "We love that kind of thing."

Great. More age discrimination in software development hiring practices.

I'm obsolete at 36.

Re:age discrimination (4, Insightful)

WindowlessView (703773) | about 5 years ago | (#28594609)

I'm obsolete at 36.

Don't worry about it. This is so brain dead ignorant on so many levels it is hardly even worth thinking about no less worrying.

Good luck, Marc. Good thing you are using mostly other people's money.

Re:age discrimination (5, Insightful)

MadKeithV (102058) | about 5 years ago | (#28594745)

Good luck, Marc. Good thing you are using mostly other people's money.

Smart people know it takes money to make more money.
Brilliant people realize it doesn't have to be their own money.

Re:age discrimination (0)

kj_kabaje (1241696) | about 5 years ago | (#28594795)

Brilliant people *get* the money from other people. Big difference in terms of ethics and salesmanship.

Re:age discrimination (2, Insightful)

WindowlessView (703773) | about 5 years ago | (#28594865)

Exactly. Not sure what is so "brilliant" about staying awake in Business 101. Establishing a track record and actually making it happen is something else entirely.

Re:age discrimination (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | about 5 years ago | (#28595621)

Exactly. Not sure what is so "brilliant" about staying awake in Business 101. Establishing a track record and actually making it happen is something else entirely.

And establishing a track record and making it happen in spite of that track record is on a whole other level...

Re:age discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28595125)

Kinda sad that you can't even comprehend it. How old are you, just for reference?

Re:age discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28595275)

This comment would be so much better if it was clear who you were addressing and what you are talking about. It might help with your issues on what you think other people don't comprehend. Just saying.

Re:age discrimination (3, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | about 5 years ago | (#28594723)

Don't bother getting hired, do your own thing and show them how it's done.

Re:age discrimination (5, Insightful)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | about 5 years ago | (#28594727)

"So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old â" who was 24 just five years ago â" would never think of," say Andreessen. "We love that kind of thing."

Great. More age discrimination in software development hiring practices.

I'm obsolete at 36.

I know a lot of 20-25 year old people in universities. My 60+ year old dad keeps up with technology, especially internet technology, better than any of them. Andreeson's delusional thinking shouldn't be trusted.

Re:age discrimination (3, Interesting)

timeOday (582209) | about 5 years ago | (#28595017)

My 60+ year old dad keeps up with technology, especially internet technology, better than any of them.

Keeping up is one thing, pioneering is another. The myth of silicon valley whiz-kids is distasteful. But When you look at Microsoft, Apple, google, facebook, Sun, netscape,... it is hard to dismiss entirely.

Re:age discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28595567)

Well sure, if you only look at the companies and innovations that come from 20-somethings then it looks like everything comes from 20-somethings.

But do you really want to argue based on such an obvious deliberate selection bias?

Re:age discrimination (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 5 years ago | (#28596017)

do you really want to argue based on such an obvious deliberate selection bias?

Fair enough, but the number of tech sectors is small enough to take a census rather than a survey. Microsoft is #1 in desktop software, Dell is #1 in desktop hardware, google is #1 in search, ebay (Pierre Omidyar) is #1 in auctions, facebook is #1 in social networking, Apple must be #1 in something :), all founded by youngsters. So the question is, can you come up with an equally impressive list of tech companies founded by older people? If so I would agree the whiz kid myth is nothing more. Oracle wasn't founded by Ellison until he was 33, so I guess that's a counter-example, sort of.

Re:age discrimination (1)

fishbowl (7759) | about 5 years ago | (#28596659)

    >> do you really want to argue based on such an obvious deliberate selection bias?

. Microsoft is #1 in desktop software, Dell is #1 in desktop hardware,
. google is #1 in search,
. ebay (Pierre Omidyar) is #1 in auctions,
. facebook is #1 in social networking,
. Apple must be #1 in something :),

Amazing. You respond to a challenge of selection bias with an even narrower bias.

Re:age discrimination (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 5 years ago | (#28597043)

Amazing. You respond to a challenge of selection bias with an even narrower bias.

You would be right if it were a narrow bias. What IT sectors are more important than the ones I listed, and which of those sectors are lead by companies founded by older people? Come on, if you are correct and I am ignoring lots of counter examples, this should be an easy one.

Re:age discrimination (5, Insightful)

ShinmaWa (449201) | about 5 years ago | (#28597399)

What IT sectors are more important than the ones I listed

A few websites make up the sum of "IT Sectors"? Oh wow. You really do have a very narrow world-view.

Well okay then, let's try these on for size.
The Altair Microcomputer - Ed Roberts in his mid-thirties
The Java programming language - James Gossling, mid-thirties.
The Internet - Several people, all in the 30's and 40's -- including Vint Cerf, now VP at Google
C - K&R, thirties
Ruby - "Matz", early thirties
PKI - Several people, but Diffie, Hellman, etc were all in their thirties
The Mouse AND Graphical User Interface - Douglas Engelbart, forties
The Web - Tim Burners-Lee, mid-thirties
The relational database, Edgar F. Codd - late forties

I would say ALL of these far, FAR outweigh TWITTER in terms of "IT importance".

Re:age discrimination (1)

BiAthlon (91360) | about 5 years ago | (#28597783)

I can't believe I don't get any mod points today. Informative, Insightful, this one has it all.

Re:age discrimination (4, Insightful)

ShinmaWa (449201) | about 5 years ago | (#28597057)

But When you look at Microsoft, Apple, google, facebook, Sun, netscape,... it is hard to dismiss entirely.

This really has a lot less to do with innovative ideas and pioneering and a lot more to do with risk. When you are 24, without a spouse, kids, and a mortgage to worry about, taking on the risk to build the "next big thing" is a lot easier.

However, taking the long shot on the next big thing while putting your children's ability to eat on the line is a lot harder, and some would say even irresponsible. For every Facebook and Twitter, there's a thousand things that failed in bankruptcy.

Re:age discrimination (0)

bconway (63464) | about 5 years ago | (#28595139)

"So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old â" who was 24 just five years ago â" would never think of," say Andreessen. "We love that kind of thing."

Great. More age discrimination in software development hiring practices.

I'm obsolete at 36.

I know a lot of 20-25 year old people in universities. My 60+ year old dad keeps up with technology, especially internet technology, better than any of them. Andreeson's delusional thinking shouldn't be trusted.

The plural of "anecdote" isn't "data."

Re:age discrimination (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 5 years ago | (#28595493)

Andreeson's delusional thinking shouldn't be trusted

Netscape died. Why should we listen to Andreeson? Was this story posted by someone who listens to Bush and Cheney? I wish Bush and especially Cheney would STFU. They lost, they should get over it.

Re:age discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28595709)

they lost? they weren't running in the last election...

I don't get it...how did they personally lose?

Re:age discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594859)

Don't feel so bad, Andreessen is 38 and he is trying to pass judgment on the same new ideas that the 29 year-old struggles with. Interesting world-view isn't it?

Re:age discrimination (5, Funny)

iamapizza (1312801) | about 5 years ago | (#28595109)

Yes, but I'm 5 years younger than you and am obsolete in ways that you cannot think of.

Re:age discrimination (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 5 years ago | (#28595435)

Yes, but I'm 5 years younger than you and am obsolete in ways that you cannot think of.

Hey, lady, what's the difference between a wife and a job? After five years the job still sucks!

Re:age discrimination (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 5 years ago | (#28595301)

"So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old â" who was 24 just five years ago â" would never think of," say Andreessen. "We love that kind of thing."

Great. More age discrimination in software development hiring practices.

I'm obsolete at 36.

Not really age discrimination. I think Adreessen's comment is incorrect, but it reflect his superficial analysis of a reality:

The 24-year-old coming out of school generally does not have a family to support or a big investment in where he lives, and is therefore more willing to take big risks.

The 29 or older crowd is more likely to have needs and commitments that would not survive the failure of a major venture or possibly even a major upheaval in lifestyle such as spending 16 hours per day at work for months or years at a time.

People who are interested in bleeding edge technology will be interested and able to understand the bleeding edge regardless of their age. Or should we call Linus Torvalds and tell him to hang it up because he's too old to understand new technology anymore?

Re:age discrimination (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | about 5 years ago | (#28595401)

I'm obsolete at 36.

Look at the bright side! At 37, Marc Andreessen is more obsolete than you are!

Re:age discrimination (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 5 years ago | (#28595433)

So am I apparently with less than a month before I turn 34. But don't worry, because Marc Anderson is even more obselete than we are. This Wednesday (July 9th), he'll turn 38. That's positively ancient. By his own reasoning, he should be checking into a retirement community soon.

Re:age discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596175)

All these startups of the last 20 years have just been monetizing technology that came out pure research projects at PARC, CERN, IBM, Sun, etc. We're a the end of that explosive period. The tools have been created, we know what can be done and how it has to be done. The young no longer have the advantage of being the only ones who grew up within the new paradigm, the old(er) have so too. What's required now is creativity and that's not the exclusive domain of the young. In fact the older generation will bring both creativity and experience to the table in this new period of consolidation, so don't sell yourself short.

Re:age discrimination (1)

c4t3y3 (1571639) | about 5 years ago | (#28596563)

So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old would never think of

..said the 40-year-old.

Re:age discrimination (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 5 years ago | (#28596565)

Yet, its Andreeson who decides which ideas are "good" by investing in them. So he doesnt want the creativity of the 20-something crowd, he wants them to work for peanuts, slave away at a product, put their lives on hold, and take a big bet that they will be the next Facebook while Andreeson and his partners sit back.

Granted, thats investment in a nutshell, but the ability to choose what to invest in isnt done by the 20 year olds, its done the 50+ crowd. The reason he's targeting 20 year olds is because they have nothing to lose, while more mature talent arent going to quit their normal jobs to take this risk.

Singing the praises of a 24 year old is all well and good, but they are certainly not in the drivers seat. Many would say that web-based startups are so risky they are better off landing a normal job and spend the the next few years climbing the ladder instead of living off ramen and begging for investors.

Umm (2, Funny)

mewsenews (251487) | about 5 years ago | (#28594559)

"So the 24-year-old coming out of Stanford will have a view of technology that the 29-year-old -- who was 24 just five years ago -- would never think of," say Andreessen. "We love that kind of thing."

So how old in Andreessen and how will he recognize the 24yo luminary from the 24yo that is full of shit?

Re:Umm (3, Funny)

jacquesm (154384) | about 5 years ago | (#28594729)

He looks at how well they spell and use grammar.

Re:Umm (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | about 5 years ago | (#28594765)

Where did he say that there was a difference?

He's basically saying, follow the MBAs that are imitating the 24 year olds. The guys with the experience, just not the creativity.

He won't... (5, Interesting)

benjamindees (441808) | about 5 years ago | (#28595085)

And it doesn't matter. As the prototypical "obsolete" 29 year old from the example, I can tell you it doesn't matter whether the 24 year old is full of shit or not. Shit sells.

When I was applying to ivy league schools, literally every piece of advice I got was to lie out your ass. Lie about your achievements. Write your own recommendations. Just pull stuff out of thin air. Make it as flamboyant as possible, and as convincing as you can. As far as they know, you're a genius black inventor mathematician cellist who can write upside-down and backwards using your little toes. Books, articles, current and former students; they all said the same thing: Give admissions staffers the unbelievably entertaining bullshit they want to hear. Hell, you should even tell them that you have some plan to pay back the ridiculous loans they give you.

And judging by what I've witnessed over the last ten years, that was absolutely the correct advice. Yale, Harvard, the school doesn't even matter. Most of them didn't do well. Some didn't even graduate. But, one by one, a steady stream of the the best liars these institutions have to offer have stood up and lied over and over again to the rest of us and become filthy rich and wildly successful doing so. They have swindled us, stolen from us, violated our rights, led us into wars and destruction and profited greatly by it. All the while giving back to their alma maters in the process.

It doesn't matter that this group of people are investing millions of dollars into completely unproductive Web 2.0 bullshit with no viable revenue stream. It doesn't matter that the money they are frittering away is ultimately borrowed from foreigners, swindled from the elderlies' retirement funds, or doled out via government "stimulus".

It doesn't matter that they are sinking the US economy in the process, wasting an entire generation's productive efforts on shiny trinkets that will be unceremoniously duplicated by overseas competitors if by accident they ever attain any real value.

No, no. What matters is that they are productive, successful "entrepreneurs" who are "innovating". And if they can find an ambitious young 24-year-old with an idea to spy on his neighbor's porn surfing and advertise divorce lawyers to his wife, that'll be the next big thing. Because it'll be easy to patent and will give a 2% greater return than a business plan to manufacture automated fruit-pickers.

Re:He won't... (1)

jo42 (227475) | about 5 years ago | (#28595449)

My $DEITY, how true it is what you have written...

Re:He won't... (1)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | about 5 years ago | (#28596011)

If Harvard and Yale et al are in the business of processing shit into shiny shit, maybe we should stop blaming the shit and start questioning the value of the shit shiners.

Stop "Harvard" and "Yale" from being the shit shibboleths. They're not secret code words for "I'm awesome." They're public shorthand for "I'm riding coat tails."

Off on a tangent (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596077)

As a proud satanist investing in these innovators, I demand to be called a demon investor, not an "angel investor" or some similar pussy ass fairy. (And why aren't there any atheists among the VC any more?)

A++++ Would read rant again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596427)

Nice

Re:Umm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28595485)

how will he recognize the 24yo luminary from the 24yo that is full of shit?

It doesn't matter, as long as I can find the right 24 yo, coach him properly, and put him in front of Andreeson in exchange for a percentage of the take.

Renew! Renew! (2, Insightful)

Rog7 (182880) | about 5 years ago | (#28594565)

Is anyone else getting the feeling that the board of Facebook just might be the founders of Carrousel in Logan's Run?

You could have the greatest development the tech world has ever seen, but if you're over 30, prepare to be recycled as fodder for Andreessen's mythical 24 yr old.

Re:Renew! Renew! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594633)

I sat naked on the bench in the health club locker room, staring at the tiles on the floor between my feet, but really looking at nothing. I was waiting for Barack to decide to come up and talk to me. He was this muscular teenage nigger who frequented the club and had ruined my life in the last few weeks. I was ordered to sit naked on the bench without a towel or anything to cover my nakedness. I had to keep my legs spread and my cock and balls visible for the anyone in the locker room who wanted a look. I knew instantly that it had been a mistake to sign up at the inner city health club which was eighty percent black, but it was near my house and cheap which was even more important.

The harassment had started on my first visit. Dark skinned, muscular black boys bouncing around the locker room with their huge dicks and pendulous sacks of balls swinging, high fiving each other and laughing and rapping, and there I was, this moderately built white guy of thirty two.

I will never forget coming back from the shower and one chocolate skinned thug of about eighteen let out a "weeeeeeeow" kind of sound and then said very loudly to me, loudly enough for all his pals to hear, "White man, how the hell can you fuck wit such a small dick?" They all roared with laughter and I turned bright red. Before I left that first time, I met Barack. He eased up to me while I was packing my gym bag. He is one good looking darkie, I will say that for him. He flashed me a big white toothed smile and said he hoped I wasn't thinking of quitting the club. He said he was friends with the manager and they had my address and shit, and it would be really unfortunate if I decided to quit. Then he laid one large basketball player sized hand on my shoulder and said that he would see me at the same time the next day.

Well, that's how it started. It got worse each time I went to the club. Barack and the other niggers got me to get towels for them, had me scrub their backs in the shower, even made me pick their dirty stinking jock straps up off the floor. They sent their filthy jocks and socks home with me to wash for them.

Now let me state here once and for all, that I am in no way at all gay. I don't think I ever even had a gay thought. So all of this really repulsed me. They would brush up against me so their big fat black dicks rubbed my body. They would make constant jokes about me being a faggot.

So I had it out with Barack. I told him I was a single parent with a thirteen year old daughter and in no way gay, and I wanted to quit the club. That mention of my daughter was the biggest mistake of my life. Barack demanded to see a photo of her. Her name is Crissy. After that, all they talked about was "Crissy the Cunt" in the locker room.

"Some fourteen year old school boy probably shoving his dick in her right now while you is at da club." They would say things like that. Barack would ask, "Do you suppose she had ever sucked black dick?" I told them she was totally innocent, and they should keep their foul mouths to themselves. They beat the shit out of me.

I didn't go to the club for a week. All the windows were broken on my car, and my newspaper was stolen, and somebody pissed all over our door. I received a package at work, and when I opened it, there was a pile of shit in a box. I was going nuts with anguish. I thought of going to the police, but I knew I would face even worse if I did. So I went back to the club. That was two months ago. A lot had happened in those two months.

Now I sat waiting for Barack to speak with me. He walked up, stark naked. The first thing I saw were his huge brown feet next to me. I looked up at his long muscular legs. How could I miss the seven inch flaccid dick, thick as a flashlight and the ball sack that looked like it had oranges in it. It was fucking obscene. His stomach was hard and tight. His ass was one of those round tight nigger bubble butts. His chest well defined with large nipples. He had a killer smile, thick nigger lips, and dark flashing eyes that often looked drugged. He had only recently gotten out of reform school for molesting a girl on the playground.

"So, my man, how's that little dick of yours hangin'?"

I spread my legs wider so he could see my pathetic shriveled white prick and small ball sack. If I didn't keep myself on display for them at all times, they would have a wet towel snapping session where my scrotum was the target. It hurt like hell and was totally humiliating.

"So, bro, is everything set up for tomorrow?" He stood close to me...so close that his huge flaccid hunk of fuck meat brushed my shoulder. His dick was so huge, it was just fucking obscene, and that was in its flaccid state. He had not showered yet, and his body reeked of the nigger stink of his workout.

"Please. Please don't do this. I know I agreed, but that was after you had beaten me almost senseless. Please, isn't there some other way?"

He lifted one leg and put his foot on the bench next to me. His gigantic balls swung back and forth in their fleshy sack.

"Dere is no other fucking way, man. You don't wanna even think of what we gonna do to you next time you disobeys us. Dere is no other way. Now it so happens dat I needs me a new girlfriend, and your pretty little daughter fills da bill."

I felt my stomach turn over. I tried to relax, to breath deeply, but I felt like I was choking. This teenage nigger thug was talking about my daughter. My little Crissy. My thirteen year old angel. He had announced to me that he wanted her to become his girlfriend! Jesus Christ!

At first I had bluntly refused, letting my anger and disgust show. All the niggers in the club gathered around me, about fifteen of them, and Barack announced that I was racially prejudiced and didn't want him dating his white daughter. They started to slap and punch me.

"It's not that. Honest to God, I swear, it's not that you are black. It's that she is only thirteen. She's my innocent baby!"

Barack roared with laughter. "Any bitch of thirteen is totally ready for dick! She probably sucking da boys at school every day anyway by now." He looked at the photo of her which he had taken from me. "Yeah, she got real cocksucker lips, she shore do!"

"Oh God no, she's just a baby." I was crying in front of all of them.

"No, daddy, you gots it wrong. She is a babe...not a baby. Dat pretty little pussy is ready for some nigger popping!" Half the niggers surrounding me were getting hard ons, and I don't there there was one under eight and a half inches.

For weeks I had argued, begged, pleaded, tried to bargain with Barack, but he only wanted one thing. My daughter's virgin pussy. Once I stood up to them and told them I would go to the police. They had dragged me naked and screaming into the health club bathroom and forced me to eat turds out of the toilet bowl. I was sick for two days. The next time I went to the club, Barack had made me suck his dick. That was the first time I saw it erect. Over twelve inches of throbbing leaking nigger cock. I had a panic attack and literally tried to run out of the club. They held me down on a bench and Barack fed me his black fuck meat. His balls almost suffocated me. His dick choked me. He even made me suck his ass. What could I do? I agreed to let them have my daughter. I know, I am an awful man. A sinner. It is unforgivable, but I am scared out of my wits.

"So, tomorrow, I comes over to yo house dressed up real good. You introduce me to yo bitch daughter. Now when I sees her, dis is how I wants her dressed. A very tight tee shirt dat says printed on it, "I Love Nigga Dick!" She will wear no bra under it so I can see the tips of her budding little titties through the material. Den she is to wear her nice pleated cheer leader skirt like in da photo, only I don want her to wear no panties under it. From now on, yo daughter is forbidden to ever wear any panties. We want dat fresh young cunt and ass ready and available at all times. I want you to have some really top drawer booze at yo house ready for me. I am not sure what I will want, so you better have enough to satisfy me, whatever my taste might be. Who da fuck knows, I may want a cosmo, or maybe some of dat Louis XIII Brandy dat costs three hundred dollars. You better have it all. After I has a drink, you pretty little bitch and I gonna sit on da couch and get acquainted. Dat means you as da daddy get to watch me finger her cunt and play wit her titties. You gets to see her meet my big fat old dick and even lick and suck it a little. I always insists on sex on da first date, cause how else you know how a bitch perform, right? Shit, I insist on sex on every date. I mean dat is da only reason for da fucking date..to plow some pussy! Right? Otherwise I'd rather hang wit da home boys. Now she gonna be a little uptight and scared at firs...right? Specially when she see my dick and she know dat huge motherfucker is gonna plow her virgin twat! Oh yea, if she got any hair on her cunt yet, you make sure she shave it all off before tomorrow. I wanna see bald thirteen year old pussy."

While he said all of this to me at the health club, his dick got thicker and thicker and long strings of pre-fuck started to hang from the fat pisshole.

"Please don't hurt her...please." I was shaking in my naked agony.

"Hurt her? No why the fuck would I hurt my new girlfriend? I gonna love her. I gonna show her da pleasures of lovemaking. Shore, it gonna hurt a little da first time I ram my twelve and a half inch motherfucking dick balls deep into her tight little teenage pussy. Shore it gonna hurt when I pounds her as hard as I can, and den pull out and shove it as hard as I can up her little asshole. Shore dat gonna hurt a little, but dat is jus' part of growin' up. A her daddy, you understand dat. Right? Better to hab some nice boy like me who wants her for his girlfriend fucking her, den every boy at school who don't give a shit about her.

"Now don't you worry, I gonna take her into the bedroom to fuck her cunt and ass. I think dat is private. I mean, you can watch da first time she suck my balls and lick my dick and such. But fucking is between a guy and his girlfriend. I wants you dere at the start...at the sucking part, cause she is gonna be scared like I say, and you can calm her. Tell her it is a natural part of life, and she just gotta learn to please a man. She, she shoulda learned dat couple of years ago already. She is a late bloomer.

Now I am gonna want to use her bedroom for da first fuck,cause I wants to fuck her little bitch body in her teenage bed, wit all her teenage shit around. It will be so hot. But den, I is moving into your master bedroom. You can sleep on da couch. I wants a nice big bed and luxury for future fucks. I gotta fuck at least three times a day, usually more. Now of course I still going to be bangin' other cunt, but I will fuck your daughter regularly cause she is my number one girlfriend. My special bitch. I ain't gonna introduce her to my bros until after I fuck her for a week or so. Den when she broken in, I gonna share her with all da boys from dis here health club. Dere about twenty of us here as you know, so she gonna be pretty busy sucking nigga dick and getting ass and cunt fucked. We gonna do mos' of it over at yo house. You have lots of food dere at all times fo my brothers when dey comes over to fuck your daughter. Since she be fucking most every day all day and night from now on, I suggest you apply to home school her. Dat way, she don't even need to think about school and she can concentrate on nigga cock all da time."

"Please, please use condoms...." I had tears running down my face.

Barack roared with laughter. "Condoms? Shit...no. We never use condoms. It ruins da fuck. Dat little bitch gonna be pregnant in a couple of weeks at mos'. You gonna be da grand daddy of a nigga chile! And who knows. She young. If she stay tight enough and cute enough, maybe we fuck her for three or four years, you know, pass her around, pimp her out. Shit, she still young enough. She could hab five or six nigga babies! We don' allow no abortions. She gonna breed. Now my brothers and daddy be comin' over lots to fuck her too, so you better have lots of keys to yo house made, or jus' leave the fucking place unlocked. She don't leave da house without permission. I would hate it for both of you if some black bro comes over for a good hard fuck, and she not dere! Now I know you worried about her. Don' be. After a few days of getting nigga dick, she gonna love it so much, dat all she gonna live for. I seen it in young white bitches lots of times. Someday she gonna thank you for all dis. I mean how many girls her age so lucky to get ten to fifteen black cocks a day? Long as her pussy and asshole hold up, she be happy. One thing, she gonna hab to be a really good cocksucker, cause One thig is dat when da boys in my hood meet up wit guys from other gangs...we got dis thing. We hab our girlfriends suck da cocks of all da members of the other gangs, as kind of a peace signal, you know, a sign dat we is kewl and everything is okay. So she gonna pretty much hab a dick in her mouth twenty-four seven for da next few months. She gonna be sucking on nigga dick even when she getting fucked by my bros. Dis house gonna be pretty packed full of black boys! Now, after a bitch has sucked fifteen to twenty dicks a day, she often get a real tired jaw and swollen lips and a sore tongue, so you gonna have to tell her no matter how tired she get, da last dick of da day she suck, gets jus' as good a suck as da first one in da morning. You gotta make sue she understand that. I can't have no bad reports from rival gangs dat my bitch can't suck!

Now we gots one more problem. Da little bitch gonna be so busy getting fucked and sucking dick, she ain't gonna hab no proper time to clean up da dicks after dey fuck her cunt and ass! You know it da bitch's job to clean a dick wit her mouth after a brother fuck her. I mean, you can't expect a brother to walk around wit pussy slime or ass juice on his dick. But she gonna be so busy, she ain't always gonna hab time to clean up, so you my friend is going to have to step up to da plate to help her. You gonna be the official dick cleaner. You gonna lick and suck da dicks clean after dey fuck yo bitch of a daughter. I want you naked on you hands and knees at all times around da house, ready to lick and suck dick clean. And you gonna do a fine job too, I just know it. You get all dat stink off da cock. Maybe you can entertain da brothers waiting next in line to fuck yo daughter too by lickig dere balls and assholes. I never thought of dat until just now. Hot damn, dat is a good idea, ain't it? So dey don't get bored while dey waitin. And den, to keep your daughter fresh and tight, after every three or four fucks, you gonna crawl in and suck the nigga cum right outta her pussy and asshole. Think how great dat is. You gonna get to suck some thirteen year old pussy and asshole! How lucky is dat? You gonna clean out her cunt real good with yo tongue so it is ready for da next nigga.

We gonna be da happiest family you ever seen! Now come on, white boy, suck my dick, can't you see it dripping all over da floor?"

I put my mouth over the head of the huge leaking hunk of fuckmeat, and resigned myself and my daughter to our new destiny.

Re:Renew! Renew! (2, Insightful)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 5 years ago | (#28594687)

Well since nobody from Marc Andreessen's examples would have a clue what Logan's Run [wikipedia.org] is you might have at least given them a link [imdb.com] . Or did they already create the mind machine interface that would download the info directly to their brains and nobody told those of us over 30?

Now if they could just get the laser from that movie mounted to a shark's head.

Re:Renew! Renew! (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 5 years ago | (#28595029)

They probably wouldn't know that the cute blond with the luxurious hair is Farrah Fawcett either. Or that she was once married to the Six Million Dollar Man....

I have a secret plan too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594589)

1) Come up with secret plan
2) ...
3) Profit!

The value of secrecy (4, Funny)

Allicorn (175921) | about 5 years ago | (#28594623)

Said Andreessen, "Our secret plan is..." ...posted on a blog at NYtimes.com.

You're not doing it right!

Re:The value of secrecy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596305)

1) Shout loudly you have a secret plan to make bucketloads of money
2) Receive lots of venture capital
3) Live the high life spending all that money
4) ???
5) No profit !

Total Ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594625)

Ummm...wasn't Netscape purchased by AOL...so much for that theory.

Reality is a bitch.

2nd is the first loser (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594639)

So they'll fund the also-ran companies that no one wanted to buy?

Let's see- for YouTube, that would have been Break.com, Dailymotion, and about ten zillion other video startups that I am having trouble recalling at this point.

This sounds like a strategy out of an airport business book, but it needs a snappier tagline- something like "The Goldilocks Effect." You don't want the company that's too hot...

Listen to me, I lost to IE (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594641)

It is hard for big ones to out-execute up-and-comers

Funny quote, coming from a guy whose company was crushed by Microsoft.

Re:Listen to me, I lost to IE (1)

weszz (710261) | about 5 years ago | (#28595827)

but if he would have had the funding he needed... THEN, he probably would have still been crushed, but netscape could have died slower... (My parents still have it on their PC...)

Re:Listen to me, I lost to IE (1)

gangien (151940) | about 5 years ago | (#28597311)

also from a guy who just made over 100 million dollars by selling a company he founded to HP (Opsware).

obsolete already (3, Informative)

doti (966971) | about 5 years ago | (#28594685)

online services won't merely supplement your TV viewing or newspaper reading, but will replace those activities altogether.

Will replace?

For me, at least, it has replaced already.
Many years have passed since I bought my last newspaper, and I only watch TV for live football games.

Re:obsolete already (3, Funny)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | about 5 years ago | (#28594735)

Congratulations! According to Andreesen's Law, you are 24 years old.

Re:obsolete already (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | about 5 years ago | (#28595503)

Congratulations! According to Andreesen's Law, you are 24 years old.

But when I was 24, I read the newspaper and watched TV. Now, at 30, I don't. So when I was 24, I wasn't 24, but when I'm 30, I'm 24.

So, what we can conclude from this is that I'm a time machine.

Re:obsolete already (1)

dzfoo (772245) | about 5 years ago | (#28596273)

Or... you're both: 30 x 24 = 720, Wow!

Happy birthcentury!

          -dZ.

Re:obsolete already (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | about 5 years ago | (#28595761)

Very true, which means. . .

According to Andreessen's own remarks, he's already dangerously behind the curve.

-FL

Re:obsolete already (1)

weszz (710261) | about 5 years ago | (#28595903)

OR, that he should look for the company that followed netscape, and since that was sold to AOL, he should buy his next closest competitor...

even though AOL wasn't really interested in the browser as much as the name...

This would be the bandwagon approach. Wait for something to happen, and jump on the next wagon, who cares if the wheels are about to fall off...

Great! (3, Interesting)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 5 years ago | (#28594705)

Ah. The old "youth is everything, experience is irrelevant" approach. The movers of this new culture can facebrag about it as they pass their hand me ups to their decrepit, tweetless, senile elders (anyone over 25).

Re:Great! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 5 years ago | (#28595463)

Back in my youth, the catchphrase was "don't trust anyone over 30". I finally realized that they were only half right - don't trust anyone under 31, either.

Re:Great! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 5 years ago | (#28595727)

My catchphrase is "Don't trust catchphrases" :-)

sound familiar (1)

castironpigeon (1056188) | about 5 years ago | (#28594707)

This is like hitting refresh on your browser until a new /. posting comes up, right?

Re:sound familiar (0)

TomRK1089 (1270906) | about 5 years ago | (#28594977)

Let me introduce you to a technology known as RSS.

Re:sound familiar (1)

weszz (710261) | about 5 years ago | (#28595935)

Interesting... how could I integrate this with the bridge I just bought to bring synergy about to all of our team members in a way to allow our company to realize the opportunities we perceive in web 2.0??

Only for some people (4, Interesting)

RJFerret (1279530) | about 5 years ago | (#28594715)

Interesting, I'm now late 30s and frequently run across 20-somethings who have little to no computer/Internet interest. Some personality types want to interact socially in person and others want to read paper.

Sure libraries are accommodating new media, but they aren't eliminating the old, which still gets used. Attorneys and doctors continue to need paper.

His perspective generally sounds like a good one, but doesn't seem to recognize an entire segment of our population--like nearly everyone at the BBQ I was at on the 4th.

A friend there was laughing when her sister called to ask where/when fireworks might be shown, despite them having a computer in the kids playroom and their kids being able to search it faster than she could call her!

Re:Only for some people (1)

castironpigeon (1056188) | about 5 years ago | (#28594757)

Attorneys and doctors continue to need paper.

This is because they have to cover their asses against ridiculous litigation or pursue it against those who haven't adequately covered said asses.

Re:Only for some people (4, Insightful)

Eskarel (565631) | about 5 years ago | (#28594931)

He doesn't have a perspective, he has a line of bullshit.

The "only the young can be this innovative" line is an old one. The basic premise is that the reason why the 50 year olds with all the money don't understand the idea is because they're old, not because the idea is full of shit. It works because a lot of 50 year olds are afraid they're old and out of touch and will pretend the idea is good to seem young, sort of an emperors new clothes type of thing if you see what I mean.

This guy doesn't really believe his own bullshit, he just wants to make a lot of money out of pretending he does.

Re:Only for some people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28595357)

And he wants to copy Paul Graham's schtick.

Re:Only for some people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596703)

The basic premise is that the reason why the 50 year olds with all the money don't understand the idea is because they're old, not because the idea is full of shit.

I agreed with this post up until the bolded part. Many of these ideas are not full of shit. But, the reason many of these 50 year olds with too much money can't understand the ideas is because these particular 50 year olds are stupid. At least, that's the impression I got reading TFA. Can't we just leave it at that? There are good ideas out there and there are bad ones, and it just seems like a matter of knowing what's good and what is not. Let's not blame the ideas themselves for some venture capitalist's failure to ascertain which is which.

Re:Only for some people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596795)

It's a rationalization for why every business he's started since ripping off Mosaic has failed (Ning anyone?)

I call bullshit. (2, Insightful)

justanetgod (554210) | about 5 years ago | (#28594789)

This guy has a track record of following behind and just missing. The plan sounds like a mission statement rather than an actual plan, and the preconception that age has anything to do with innovation at all is crap thinking.

Re:I call bullshit. (1)

driven01 (1592217) | about 5 years ago | (#28594817)

This sort of thinking is exactly why Netscape managed to fail spectacularly. Taking a dumb idea and running with it. "Hey, let's take a few years and write a brand new product while we let development on our flagship product remain stagnant ... It's only Microsoft that's chasing us down, so what could happen?"

glory days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28594861)

Andreessen had his shot. He choked. Next.

At least he cashed out enough so he can play business boy forever. whatever.

Get your ideas from the young kids (4, Insightful)

papasui (567265) | about 5 years ago | (#28595059)

but hire some old people to run the company. Big ideas and lots of money don't always work out well if you don't have someone experienced steering the ship.

Re:Get your ideas from the young kids (1)

sootman (158191) | about 5 years ago | (#28596979)

Weren't Loudcloud and Ning also attempts to find the next Netscape?

Marc has done some good work but his fame and fortune were mainly the result of luck and being in the right place at the right time.

Re:Get your ideas from the young kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597007)

So the experienced guy gets to the lion's share of the profit while the young guys come up with the ideas and implement them? That almost sounds like the guy gets compensated for "moral support". Kind of messed up... But the truth is this is the story of most CEOs at successful companies.

I'm going to be called crazy for this, but here is my bold idea as a young person: run a software company based on anarcho-syndicalism. The coders control the means of production.

Endless race (2, Interesting)

iniquitous (122242) | about 5 years ago | (#28595149)

Whatever happened to taking pride in making something great, and then spending a large portion of your life refining that thing or your ability to make it? Sometimes I wish I was a furniture maker instead of a software developer. New and innovative products are great, but what's the end goal? More new and innovative products? Sure, fine, great. I'm sure it's all just a big race to the bank for most people, like Andreessen, but for some who just need enough money to live comfortably, it's about striving for excellence and enjoying what you're doing for as long as you are physically able.

Re:Endless race (1)

dzfoo (772245) | about 5 years ago | (#28596357)

You must be new here. Welcome!

      -dZ.

That 29 year old is .... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 5 years ago | (#28595233)

.... none other than Marc Andreesen! Drum roll.

Youth is overrated. (2, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | about 5 years ago | (#28595399)

There's so much wrong with this young, arrogant fool touting his ageism. Young people are not necessarily the crux of innovation.

Working in the creative industries, it's easy to see that the arrogance and folly of youth might get you noticed and the attention of other young people -- but most great art is done by people with decades of experience. Compare the early work of any artist to their later work and you will see that in most cases.

The trouble with technology and the internet in particular -- is that it is seen as a "young person's medium". It's often just a get rich quick scheme for investors. Many of the new internet ideas have made a great deal of money for a small number of people, but they all have limited shelf life, and their users grow up and mature and seek other things. Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, are dwindling. Geocities, Altavista, Netscape, and many, many more are all but gone. Twitter will follow them shortly.

The problem is, these innovations are shallow and mostly only appeal to young people. Nobody under 25 is looking at sustainable, reliable, usable services for the over 30s. It's all just fad and fashion and plugging a gap to get rich quick. This is not really innovation.

I've seen very little innovation on the internet in the past 10 years. Google came, changed search, and stayed the same. Social networking and blogs are easier to use and more marketed, but not significantly different from many BBS and similar at the beginning of the web. Google Earth is innovative, bittorrent is innovative, and perhaps there are a few other things. But on the whole the legacy of developers and entrepreneurs in their 20s is just using the same old tech with lots of hype and buzzwords.

DaVinci, Edison, Tesla, and many, many, many, many more, kept truly innovating late into life. As their experience grew, they made better inventions.

Sorry, but this precocious, silly little boy needs slapped. He does not know as much as he thinks he knows. Maybe he will get rich. But it is not likely he will really do anything of any importance to future generations for many years to come.

Now get off my lawn...

The Next Netscape? (1)

greyline (1052440) | about 5 years ago | (#28595777)

What do we need another Netscape for? Internet Explorer works just fine!

Contacting him (1)

rockwood (141675) | about 5 years ago | (#28595797)

Personally I'd like to know how to contact someone like this in regards to presenting an idea. Business plans are not somethign that is easily done, and I've always been better at a verbal pitch, but gettign the opportunity to talk or coorespond via email with someone that has the power to make a decision is neearly impossible. I've emailed every address on the planet that I could find for News Corp, initially wanting to pitch the idea to them. But you don't even get a reponse back of any kind. wtf - I mean I know there are crack-pots out there, but not evryone that has an idea is going to pitch you something absurd.

"Eyeballs", not revenue - NOT (2, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about 5 years ago | (#28595877)

One of the big problems with Internet businesses is that there's a huge disconnect between what will attract users and what will make money. In 1999, there were companies saying that growth was about "eyeballs", and only "old economy" people worried about revenue. That didn't work out too well. For a recap of this, see Downside's Deathwatch [downside.com] , which I did back then. (Where it says "Chart is not available for this symbol", it means they're long gone.) So we've heard that particular line of bullshit before.

Similar claims have been heard for social networks, few of which have paid back their original investment. Myspace, in their best year, (2007) made only $10 million. [techdirt.com] News Corp paid $580 million for Myspace. They'll never see that back. Investors in other has-been social networks (AOL, GeoCities, Orkut, Tribe, Friendster, Classmates, Nerve, etc.) did even worse.

Andreessen has a point that YouTube would have had to find a way to become profitable by now if they weren't part of Google. Of course they would. No VC would continue to fund a money drain like YouTube. YouTube couldn't even survive as a zombie; they cost too much to run. ("zombie": VC term for companies which can't come close to paying their startup investment, but generate just enough revenue to cover their operating costs. They're the living dead of startups.)

Google still gets something like 97% of their revenue from AdWords. Everything else they've done loses money. Google had one great revenue product - AdWords. They've been frantically trying to find another, without success. Google has a great capability for deploying money-losing free services, but none of them, from Gmail to book-scanning, are generating serious revenue.

There are lots of things that are interesting to do technically, and even useful and popular, but don't make money. I've done a few myself. Andreessen probably has some good ideas like that, and I'm sure he can find more. But if he's going to run money as a VC, he'll have to do better.

Better than the average VC, in fact. There are currently too many venture capitalists. VCs as a group lose money, and have been losing money since 2003 or so. Venture capital as a business used to be highly profitable, but it no longer is. Too much dumb money came in during the first dot-com boom, and the VC business overexpanded. Silicon Valley venture capital used to be about funding a few engineers in a lab to do something great. Those startups often failed, but didn't cost more than a few million when they did. If one in 10 did something good, that was a win. During the dot-com boom, VCs started funding companies into the deployment and operating phase, which is when it starts to really cost. That's a way to lose hundreds of millions a pop.

So we'll see how Andreessen does. Remember, though, that it's not a win until long-term profitability is achieved and the original investment paid back.

Youth is a paradox. (2, Interesting)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | about 5 years ago | (#28595997)

The advantage that young people have is two-fold; That of Time, and Easy Cross-Cultural Networking.

Back when you were a kid, you didn't have to work. (School work, even when hard, is minimal.) Kids don't have kids, they don't have to worry about car or house payments. They don't have to go grocery shopping. They have all their free time to think about and explore the new trends.

Second, they have the biggest water-cooler to chat around. All day. --After you grow up and enter the work force, you are suddenly segregated into one social category or another and with that, you lose perspective. When you are a kid in school, however, you are rubbing shoulders with everybody; kids who will grow up to become doctors and nuclear scientists and politicos and hair-stylists and crack-heads. You see it all and you have the time to process it. You live right there in the big picture. You just don't have the brains to realize the power of that scenario.

See, on the down side, when you are a kid, you have cognitive blinders on which are so big that when you reach your thirties, you are stunned at the fact that you managed to survive for all the stupid things you did and blind-spots you functioned within. Kids are functionally retarded. --And I say that in the nicest way, because it's a process of growing up and we all go through it. Or at least this has been my own experience, and when I ask others, they nod and sigh deeply. Perhaps you are different, but I doubt it. Brains don't stop growing until you turn 18 or 19 after all, and your internal knowledge processing networks don't really crystallize into a rich enough understanding of reality to be terribly useful for another ten years at least. There's nothing wrong with this. It's called, "Growing up".

So. . . The trick is to make sure that when you reach your thirties you work to put yourself into a position where you have tons of free time and where you can connect with every social class you can reach. If you can do that. . , well then, now you're getting somewhere.

How old were the guys who came up with the iPod?

I'm betting they weren't twenty year-olds.

-FL

His guesses aren't any better than yours (1)

HangingChad (677530) | about 5 years ago | (#28596213)

This is the same dirtbag who helped SCO craft their litigation strategy against IBM and Linux. Claiming that he was somehow instrumental in many of the software channels we use today. I never did figure what channels he was talking about, but apparently he's not getting mega rich off them if he's out begging for VC money.

Look where SCO is today. Barely breathing in bankruptcy court.

Netscape got spanked, SCO was a loser...you really want this guy investing your money? Seems more like a giant ego linked to an opportunist who gets more publicity than he rates if you ask me.

Andreessen's cloud startup investment (1)

1sockchuck (826398) | about 5 years ago | (#28597777)

One of the companies that Andreessen/Horowitz are funding is virtualization/cloud computing startup webappvm [datacenterknowledge.com] , which recently demonstrated its technology at a Sun Microsystems event.

Nonsense! (1)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 5 years ago | (#28597855)

It's one thing to have an idea, and another entirely to monetize it and another thing entirely again to run a company that does it profitably. Yes, there are a few young people out there who can do all those things, but mostly they don't have the maturity or experience to do the critical latter two of those three tasks. They wind up blowing all the money on phat office furnishings and pool tables and parties so they can have hip, creative environments to inspire their genius, and only when the bank accounts begin to run dry do they wake up and realize that oh yeah! they need to make money. And from there 99% of the time it turns into a circular firing squad that ruins lives and sends many investors to the poor house. This attitude is, after all, what drove the last dot-com craze and is exactly what brought it down in the end. Same thing is happening to MySpace now, and still guys like Andreesen come back with the same playbook over and over again.

Sounds like an excuse to me (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | about 5 years ago | (#28597917)

Andreessen can't come up with any new big ideas (not that Netscape invented the browser anyway) so he can use the excuse that he's too old and everybody else his age is too old too.

The unsurprising truth is that 24 year-olds are better at coming up with ideas that teens and young adults can relate to. That's not to say that the ideas are good or profitable.

Andreessen should do what most of the other high tech luminaries do after their peak - become a "fellow" at some famous company. You don't have to do any real work - it's basically being a high-tech celebrity spokesmodel.

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  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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