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Marc Andreessen is best known for his work as a creator of the Netscape web browser.
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James Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics Inc., who was seeking new challenges.
Clark sent an email to Andreessen soon after he graduated from college, inviting the young man to discuss business possibilities. Although Clark had been interested in pursuing opportunities in the interactive television arena, Andreessen convinced him over a bottle of wine that the Internet was the key to the future.
When Netscape went public in August 1995, the 24-year-old programmer found himself worth $56 million on paper. But it wasn't smooth sailing: Microsoft had announced its commitment to the Internet and had started giving its own browser away for free, seriously eroding Netscape's market share in a short period of time.
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