Friday, December 30, 2011

VC Bio: Ben Horowitz

From Ben's Blog: My name is Ben Horowitz, and I am cofounder and General Partner (along with Marc Andreessen) of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz based in Menlo Park.

Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Marc and I co-founded Loudcloud, a managed services provider (today, we’d call it a cloud service provider, but people were not quite ready for that in the early 2000s) which became Opsware, an data center automation software provider. I tell the dramatic story of how Loudcloud became Opsware and was ultimately acquired by HP in my blog post titled The Case for the Fat Startup. You can learn more about what I did prior to co-founding Loudcloud by reading my biography on Wikipedia.

My blogging agenda for this year is to reflect on the many experiences I’ve had in my career—as computer science student, software engineer, cofounder, CEO, fund raiser, company acquirer and seller—and distill the lessons I’ve learned in each of those roles. I’ll use this blog to share what I’ve learned, provide a sharp opinion or two, and generally contribute to the lively dialog around entrepreneurship, building and leading organizations, and venture capital.

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