Marc Andreessen talks with Chris Anderson about the "Future of the Internet".
Chris Anderson has served as editor in chief of WIRED since 2001. Under his leadership, the magazine has garnered nine National Magazine Awards and 19 additional nominations and has won the prestigious top prize for General Excellence three times. In 2010, AdWeek named WIRED the Magazine of the Decade. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in WIRED. He is also a cofounder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company. Before joining WIRED, he was a business and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science. In 2007, Anderson was named to the Time 100, the news magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.
Marc Andreessen is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish multiple billion-dollar companies. Andreessen co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and cofounded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also cofounded Loudcloud, which as Opsware sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion. He is now a founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a stage-agnostic venture capital firm that provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to technology companies. Andreessen Horowitz has $2.7 billion under management across three funds, with portfolio holdings that include Box, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tidemark, and Zynga. Andreessen serves on the boards of Bump, eBay, Facebook, Glam Media, Hewlett-Packard, Kno, Mixed Media Labs, RockMelt, Skype, Stanford Hospital, and TinyCo.
Marc Andreessen and Chris Anderson discuss the evolution of tablet media, the paradigm of one-click purchases. Andreessen remembers that when the web browser was first developed, it was not possible to integrate a one-touch purchasing function.