Ever wonder how we got from computer coding to the first commercially successful Web browser? Marc Andreessen knows, here are his mistakes!
I’ve always loved computer technology. Strangely, my first exposure was in high school, and it was a complete disaster! I was composing a term paper the night before it was due-- I know, my first mistake (sorry, Mrs. Clump). Using the first laptop I’d ever seen, without knowing how my work was being saved, was my second. After I finished my so-called masterpiece, I promptly lost all of my work. I started from scratch because I didn’t have a proper written outline (again, you taught me better, Mrs. Clump). I was up into the wee hours recreating my work.
Here's another flashback: remember the introduction of the Internet? I recently read Wired magazine’s 1995 interview with Marc Andreessen, the brains behind Netscape Navigator internet browser: “the first commercially successful Web browser” influencing the “development of the Web [beyond text] into a graphical user experience.”1, 2
Netscape's story reads like a proper fairy tale: takeovers, fierce and hostile competition, split-ups, a giant payout and even a dragon! ~Sean Cooper, Journalist3
Though, Andreessen would argue Netscape was much more than just a browser. Today, we know its fate. Netscape’s 1995 “initial stock offering [was] at $28 per share [and] skyrocketed to nearly $3 billion” by close of business. Thirteen years later, AOL bought Netscape in “1998 for a whopping $4.2 billion” and “pulled the plug” 10 years later.4
What can we learn from Netscape Navigator's demise?
Today, Firefox Browser stands on the shoulders of the Netscape open-source and Netscape is a distant memory. Don’t feel too bad for creator Andreessen, his net worth remains around $1.7 billion! Technology can be messy and powerful as long as we focus on knowing who needs what and how to best provide it. Remember, my masterpiece? I spent a few nervous hours figuring out how to print my report, just before the bus rolled by to take me to school. That didn’t discourage me one bit, now I can code in HTML and print color photos from my phone without cables.
Sources:1 Wired Magazine: Why Bill Gates Wants to Be the Next Marc Andreessen; 2, 3 Techopedia Explains Netscape Navigator (includes photo of rival pranks between Microsoft and Netscape); 4, 5 Engadget: Whatever happened to Netscape?.
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