Ben Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger and author. He began his career as an engineer at Silicon Graphics and later joined Marc Andreessen at Netscape as a product manager, eventually becoming vice president and general manager. When Netscape was acquired by AOL in 1998, he served as vice president of AOL’s e-commerce division.
In 1999, Horowitz co-founded Loudcloud with Andreessen, Tim Howes, and Sik Rhee, transforming the company in 2002 to Opsware, an enterprise software company, serving as president and CEO. In July 2007, Horowitz sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion and spent one year at HP as vice president and general manager of HP Software.
In July 2009, Horowitz and Andreessen launched the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, which invests in early-stage startups and more established growth companies in high technology, including Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Pinterest, and Twitter. In March 2014, Horowitz published the book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers.”
He holds a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA.