Marc Andreessen: Talent is Crucial to Tech Industry


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The Andreessen Horowitz co-founder’s New Yorker profile reveals that talent is the key to his decisions.

There’s a lot to chew on in the New Yorker’s massive profile of Marc Andreessen. It’s a fantastic look into the mind of one of the most charismatic and influential figures of our age, with insight into everything from why Marc Andreessen uses Twitter so much (“Reporters are obsessed with it. It’s like a tube and I have loudspeakers installed in every reporting cubicle around the world.”) to how he became so driven to expand the store of his knowledge (he grew up in a town where he had to drive an hour to get to the nearest bookstore).

However, in all this information, there’s one bit that we have to call to special attention: Marc Andreessen, like most people who really love the tech world, understands that it’s a business based on amazing talent.

“It’s a people business,” Andreessen says. “If we could revise the industry completely, we’d just dump all the business plans and focus on people — the twenty-three-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.”

This is exactly why executive search for the tech industry is such an exciting business. We’re in the business of identifying the best and most promising talent in an incredibly competitive industry and finding them for our clients — before someone else does.

Andreessen is an immensely powerful man. His decisions shape the world we live in — and as he moves, so moves the industry. With that in mind, it’s great to know that he keeps talent at the front of his mind when he’s making his decisions.

Reprinted by permission.

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