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A Twitter interview with Marc Andreessen on startups, wearables, and his next offices

Marc Andreessen is kind of a big deal. As the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used browser, one might say Marc is the inventor of the Web browser as we know it.

Marc is also well known as one of, if not the, leading venture capital investors along with partner Ben Horowitz. Landing an investment from Andreessen Horowitz, Marc and Ben’s firm is a dream come true for every startup across the globe; the firm’s companies include Twitter, Skype, Zynga, Groupon, Foursquare, Pinterest, and a little company called Facebook.

I kind of set myself a goal several years ago to try to learn from the greats. I decided I would start conducting interviews with people, mostly in tech, who inspire me.

Over the years, I have interviewed, whether by email, Skype, Hangouts, or in person, people like Guy Kawasaki, Walt Mossberg, and (one of my most recent ones and an interview that took me years to land) Steve Wozniak himself. You can see all of the interviews I have done here.

Anyway, Marc was at the top of my list, but for a very long time, it was something I may have wanted to achieve but had absolutely no way of accessing him.

Then he started tweeting — a lot!

I followed him closely for months and engaged with Marc on many occasions about different topics, both because his tweets are consistently interesting and eye-opening and because, well, I wanted to get on his radar and hopefully one day interview him.

Then one day, I got that email: Marc Andreessen was following me.

I DMed Marc and asked him straight out if he would be willing to answer a few short questions over email. He quickly replied that he would be willing to take the interview but not over email. He preferred Twitter. I thought he meant direct messaging; but no, he meant publicly on Twitter.

This was new to me, but why not? And so the interview, my very first public Twitter interview began. You can see the first question and the entire thread here or below.

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Well, the man sure lived up to his name, and I don’t know about you, but I sure learned a lot. Thanks, Marc. And as for your final answer, I am looking forward to grabbing a falafel with you when you open Andreessen Horowitz HQ in Israel!

Hillel Fuld is CMO of Zula, a startup advisor in Israel, and an accelerator mentor at Google Launchpad, Microsoft Ventures, and others throughout “Startup Nation.” More about Hillel here.

More information:

Andreessen Horowitz is a $950 million venture capital firm that was launched on July 6, 2009. Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are the general partners of the firm.... read more »

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19 comments
Prescott Watson
Prescott Watson

"peace"... meaning nonviolence and cooperation. What would pay more would be a lasting solution that isn't just a peaceful status quo, but that requires even more optimism...

Prescott Watson
Prescott Watson

What's funny is that, had Israel not left Gaza in 2005, most Gazans would have been closer to integrating with the rest of the Israeli tech economy than ever by now. Tons of West Bank Palestinians are in tech and the growing ecosystem there shows that, even in spite of the separation barrier and other issues that came about after the intifada, peace pays huge dividends.

Jeff Perkowitz
Jeff Perkowitz

Andreessen is like Musk, an awesome guy, we are lucky to have him in the tech sector.

Nafna Games
Nafna Games

Hello Hillel, thanks for the great advice: "try to learn from the greats..." 

Ali Awad
Ali Awad

Well good luck Marc consider Jordan as 2nd option when you hear rockets sirens in Tel Aviv. Honestly I advise you to reconsider or stay where you are now ;), we have falafel over here as well !

Eric Penzel
Eric Penzel

How about Gaza City instead? They sure could use a boost right now.

Kelly Tompkins
Kelly Tompkins

Andressen - AKA the lost Cone Heads sibling that never made the final cut.

Filipa Padre
Filipa Padre

and I'm developing an 'Iron dome for pointless tweets' (2 minutes incubating after reading this)

Avi Zuber
Avi Zuber

Great read and congrats on landing the interview, Hillel! I greatly enjoyed it. It was a little tough to follow the flow of the tweets because of the timing, but all in all, I loved the questions and responses.