If you want tickets to this month’s PandoMonthly, buy them this second. Don’t even read the rest of this post. Just click now. Because they are going to sell quickly. There will be no second batch of tickets coming. Once these are gone, the only way you can get in is to buy a membership. And even those will be capped. Short of that, you’ll need to bribe the fire marshall.
Our October guest is Marc Andreessen — a man that needs little introduction if you’ve lived in Silicon Valley at any point since the dawn of the Internet. He was the co-founder of Netscape and Opsware — making him one of very few people who have co-founded two companies that exited for north of $1 billion each. He was also the cofounder of little-remembered Ning, which fared less well. He’s on the board of truly iconic Silicon Valley companies like eBay, HP, and Facebook.
But he’s most known by entrepreneurs today as the co-founder of what may prove to be his most enduring startup — Andreessen Horowitz. Since it burst on the scene a few years ago, Andreessen Horowitz has been beloved and reviled by different parts of the Valley ecosystem.
Love the firm or hate it, it has unquestionably dominated the venture capital conversation in recent years with its new Hollywood agency-style model of hiring an army of service professionals to help startups, investing in any great company at any time it can, being aggressive on valuations when it needs to be, promoting the hell out of its own partners, and giving away half of the partners’ income to charity in the process.
Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz were the quietly grinning architects of it all. Last year, Horowitz’s PandoMonthly was so popular, we cross stitched a quote of his on a pillow for our members. I expect nothing less of his partner next week.
I have known Marc since 2005, when I was at BusinessWeek, and he was laying low in between ventures. He was so extraordinarily press-shy back then, it took me months to negotiate a simple phone call and longer still to get an in person meeting. Since then, I’ve spent countless hours interviewing him and picking his brain about various topics. He was a major focus of my first book “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good,” and many stories since then.
He’s also been an invaluable mentor for me. He is not only a personal investor in PandoDaily, he played a very large role in convincing me to start the company. And yet, somehow, I’ve only interviewed him once on stage, and it was for a private event. This sit-down has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait.