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A Russian Star Rises in Silicon Valley - BusinessWeek
Since paying $200 million for 2% of Facebook last May, Milner has increased that stake to nearly 10%—worth perhaps $2 billion—by purchasing shares from early employees, according to two people familiar with the social network's ownership. On Apr. 19, DST took the majority of a $135 million financing round for Groupon, a Chicago-based site offering coupons for restaurants and museums. In December, DST was the biggest investor in a group that plowed $180 million into Zynga. Milner "is a trusted adviser," says Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, who says the Russian visits every month "to give input, but it's a soft touch."
facebook  groupon  zynga  markpincus  markzuckerberg  DST  ICQ  Aol  marcandreessen  businessmodel  warrenbuffet  YuriMilner 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Andreessen’s Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”
Oh, and he points out, that the iPad will have a “fantastic browser.” No matter how many iPads the Apple sells, the Web will always be the bigger market. “There are 2 billion people on the Web,” he says. “The iPad will be a huge success if it sells 5 million units.”

As technology becomes ubiquitous, it goes mainstream.

Yes, there are still a lot of people and money in those boats—billions of dollars in revenue in some cases. “At risk is 80% of revenues and headcount,” Andreessen acknowledges, “but shift happens.” You’d have to be crazy to burn the boats. Crazy like Cortes.
iPad  tuki  newspapers  journalism  media  innovation  print  marcandreessen  nytimes  mediachange  advice  comment  opinion  technology 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
BW Online | April 16, 2001 | The Last Days of Net Mania
Marc Andreessen
Why even go public when the market has gone sour? It's a no-brainer, says Andreessen. Loudcloud is in a capital-intensive business and will need the money to stay on its ambitious growth trajectory. Equally important, Loudcloud wants the credibility of being a public company to help it win corporate contracts. "Customers are just more comfortable working with public companies," Andreessen explains.
marcandreessen  Opsware  Loudcloud 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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