Marc Andreessen Takes a Seat on Facebook’s Board

July 1st, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Remember Marc Andreessen? Well, if you don’t or was not old enough to care back in the 1990’s, he was the founder of Netscape (that browser of choice the Web1.0 generation used). Anyway, as you might have expected, Netscape went down when the bubble burst and was replaced by Internet Explorer from Microsoft and eventually Mozilla Firefox.

Anyway, that guy, Marc Andreessen has been on a low profile recently, maybe he made a few headlines when he co-founded the social network creator service Ning, but aside from that, he was mostly under the radar. Today, he’s joining Facebook with a chair on the board of directors.

Despite the seeming conflict between Facebook and Ning, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, says that Andreessen’s Ning is "a complementary platform to Facebook that allows people to create their own social network with any design, any feature set, and in any language.”

In the Press Release , Zuckerberg continues, “Marc is an industry leader, and we’re fortunate to have him join our board, he has experience that is relevant to Facebook in so many ways: scaling companies that are experiencing extraordinary growth, creating successful technology platforms, and building strong engineering organizations. I know Marc will be a great mentor to me and our leadership team.”

Marc Andreessen also says that Facebook is one of the most inovative companies on the web and that he is honored and excited to take the post.