Ben Horowitz, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz), John Heilemann (New York Magazine)
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Ben Horowitz, Co-founder, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz.

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Ben Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz raised its second fund of $650M in November 2010, quickly following the first fund in July 2010 of $300M. Some of its portfolio companies include Foursquare, Skype, Rockmelt and Zynga. Ben pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company.

Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. Horowitz also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.

Horowitz has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of SnapLogic, Factual, Okta, Proferi, Nicira and Skype and is a Foursquare board observer. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and three daughters.

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John Heilemann

New York Magazine

John Heilemann writes “The Power Grid” column for New York magazine, as well as longer features. An award-winning journalist and author, he has covered politics, business, and their intersection for nearly two decades, in America and abroad. His recent cover stories for New York have included “Obama Is From Mars, Wall Street Is From Venus,” a look at the dysfunctional relationship between Obama and Wall Street and the push for financial reform; “Obama Lost, Obama Found,” an assessment of the president’s first year in the Oval Office; and “Inside Obama’s Economic Brain Trust,” on the White House’s efforts to rescue the American economy from ruin.

Heilemann’s book about the 2008 presidential election, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” coauthored with Time’s Mark Halperin was published by HarperCollins in January 2010; it spent seven weeks in the #1 spot on the New York Times best seller list. Game Change is being developed into a movie by HBO Films, and Heilemann and Halperin are set to write a sequel covering the 2012 election for Penguin.

Heilemann is a former correspondent and columnist for The Economist and Wired (where his coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award) and a former staff writer for The New Yorker. His book Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era was named by BusinessWeek (among others) as one of the best books of 2001. His four-part documentary on the World Wide Web aired on Discovery in 2008.

Heilemann’s writing has been anthologized in “The Best American Political Writing” three times (2005, 2007, and 2008) and in “The Best American Crime Writing” (2006). He appears regularly as a commentator on Morning Joe, The Chris Matthews Show, Hardball, and Charlie Rose, as well as other shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. A native of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn.

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