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. Horowitz sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard in 2007; he spent one year at HP as vice president and general manager of HP Software.
In 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.”