Inspirational Quotes from Marc Andreessen

By | December 18, 2016

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.

Marc Andreessen

An awful lot of successful technology companies ended up being in a slightly different market than they started out in.

Marc Andreessen

If we’re in a bubble, it’s the weirdest bubble I’ve ever seen, where everybody hates everything.

Marc Andreessen

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.

Marc Andreessen

Any new technology tends to go through a 25-year adoption cycle.

Marc Andreessen

Nokia and Research in Motion needed a modern operating system. They could have bought Palm or Android before Google did, but they didn’t. Today, it’s probably too late, and at the time they would have been criticized for overpaying, but as they say – shift happens.

Marc Andreessen

Companies in every industry need to assume that a software revolution is coming.

Marc Andreessen

Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.

Marc Andreessen

In the startup world, you’re either a genius or an idiot. You’re never just an ordinary guy trying to get through the day.

Marc Andreessen

Innovation accelerates and compounds. Each point in front of you is bigger than anything that ever happened.

Marc Andreessen

Innovation accelerates and compounds. Each point in front of you is bigger than anything that ever happened.

Marc Andreessen

If you’re unhappy, you should change what you’re doing.

Marc Andreessen

Around ’93, ’94, the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very, very underestimated for about two years.

Marc Andreessen

One of the big first computers was called SAGE, which was a missile defense, the first missile-defense computer, which was, like, one of the first computers in the history of the world which got sold to the Department of Defense for, I don’t know, tens and tens of millions of dollars at the time.

Marc Andreessen

The joke about SAP has always been, it’s making ’50s German manufacturing methodology, implemented in 1960s software technology, delivered to 1970-style manufacturing organizations, like, it’s really – yeah, the incumbency – they are still the lingering hangover from the dot-com crash.

Marc Andreessen

An awful lot of successful technology companies ended up being in a slightly different market than they started out in. Microsoft started with programming tools, but came out with an operating system. Oracle started doing contracts for the CIA. AOL started out as an online video gaming network.

Marc Andreessen

Practically everyone is going to have a general purpose computer in their pocket, it’s so easy to underestimate that, that has got to be the really, really big one.

Marc Andreessen

There will be certain points of time when everything collides together and reaches critical mass around a new concept or a new thing that ends up being hugely relevant to a high percentage of people or businesses. But it’s really really hard to predict those. I don’t believe anyone can.

Marc Andreessen

A lot of things you want to do as part of daily life can now be done over the Internet.

Marc Andreessen

The Internet has always been, and always will be, a magic box.

Marc Andreessen

One of the advantages of moving quickly is if you do something wrong you can change it. What technologies tend to do is they tend to make a lot of mistakes… but then we go back and aggressively attack those mistakes – and fix them. And you usually recover pretty quickly.

Marc Andreessen

There is a constant need for new systems and new software.

Marc Andreessen

I’m quite bullish. We’re coming up on year 15 of a flat stock market. Historically that’s a pretty good sign. So I’m not a hedge-fund manager but if I was I think I’d be feeling pretty good.

Marc Andreessen

I don’t waste time being depressed.

Marc Andreessen

Organizations spend hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars installing and implementing huge servers, new Web sites and applications. They have to continue to do that, but they also have to clean up the mess of the ’90s.

Marc Andreessen

If you’re the village blacksmith and a model T comes along, you better become a mechanic. People’s lives are better when they get news online versus having to wait for the morning paper. It’s a lot more efficient, a lot more real time, a lot less waste.

Marc Andreessen

Health care and education, in my view, are next up for fundamental software-based transformation.

Marc Andreessen

If the Net becomes the center of the universe, which is what seems to be happening, then the dizzying array of machines that will be plugged into it will virtually guarantee that the specifics of which chip and which operating system you’ve got will be irrelevant.

Marc Andreessen

We have never lived in a time with the opportunity to put a computer in the pocket of 5 billion people.

Marc Andreessen

You are cruising along, and then technology changes. You have to adapt.

Marc Andreessen

I’ve been an entrepreneur three times. I started three companies.

Marc Andreessen

The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.

Marc Andreessen

Google is working on self-driving cars, and they seem to work. People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better.

Marc Andreessen

Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded.

Marc Andreessen

There was a point in the late ’90s where all the graduating M.B.A.’s wanted to start companies in Silicon Valley, and for the most part they were not actually qualified to do it.

Marc Andreessen

Ten to 20 years out, driving your car will be viewed as equivalently immoral as smoking cigarettes around other people is today.

Marc Andreessen

There’s always more demands than there’s time to meet them, so it’s constantly a matter of trying to balance them.

Marc Andreessen

I think 2012 is the year when consumers all around the world start saying no to feature phones and start saying yes to smartphones.

Marc Andreessen

A very large percentage of economic activity is shifting online and it makes sense that there are more services that are going to charge. It also means there are going to be more people willing to pay.

Marc Andreessen

With lower start-up costs and a vastly expanded market for online services, the result is a global economy that for the first time will be fully digitally wired-the dream of every cyber-visionary of the early 1990s, finally delivered, a full generation later.

Marc Andreessen

Great CEOs are not just born with shiny hair and a tie.

Marc Andreessen

When I started Netscape I was brand new out of college and all the aspects of building a business, like balance sheets and hiring people, were new to me.

Marc Andreessen

Today’s stock market actually hates technology, as shown by all-time low price/earnings ratios for major public technology companies.

Marc Andreessen

More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services – from movies to agriculture to national defense.

Marc Andreessen

In short, software is eating the world.

Marc Andreessen

My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.

Marc Andreessen

We worked personally with a lot of great VCs. They just work incredibly hard at supporting entrepreneurs and their companies.

Marc Andreessen

The good news about building a company during times like this is that the companies that do succeed are going to be extremely strong and resilient.

Marc Andreessen

Qualified software engineers, managers, marketers and salespeople in Silicon Valley can rack up dozens of high-paying, high-upside job offers any time they want, while national unemployment and underemployment is sky high.

Marc Andreessen

No one should expect building a new high-growth, software-powered company in an established industry to be easy. It’s brutally difficult.

Marc Andreessen

Our combination of great research universities, a pro-risk business culture, deep pools of innovation-seeking equity capital and reliable business and contract law is unprecedented and unparalleled in the world.

Marc Andreessen

First of all, every new company today is being built in the face of massive economic headwinds, making the challenge far greater than it was in the relatively benign ’90s.

Marc Andreessen

Today’s leading real-world retailer, Wal-Mart, uses software to power its logistics and distribution capabilities, which it has used to crush its competition.

Marc Andreessen

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