Chief Technology Officer, America Online, Inc.
As Chief Technology Officer of America Online,
Inc., Marc Andreessen provides top-level guidance in setting the technological direction
for the world's leading interactive services and Internet company.
include evaluating emerging technologies, tracking changes and trends in the medium, and
offering counsel on innovations, strategies, investments, partnerships, and acquisitions
that will help America Online continue to set the pace in this emerging industry. Through
speeches, forums, and other public appearances, Andreessen also helps communicate with key
audiences about America Online's history, mission, and vision.
Andreessen is best known
for his work in creating the two graphical browsers that made the Internet user-friendly
and easy to navigate, thus launching its explosive growth as a popular mass medium. As an
undergraduate at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Andreessen created the first
prototype of the Mosaic browser with a team of students and staff at the university's
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). With a friendly, point-and-click
method for navigating the Internet and free distribution to network users, NCSA Mosaic
gained an estimated 2 million users worldwide in just over one year.
After graduating from
college, Andreessen joined with former Silicon Graphics CEO Jim Clark in April of 1994 to
launch Netscape Communications. At Netscape, Andreessen led the team that developed the
Netscape Navigator browser, which quickly became the world's most popular PC application.
In addition to the Navigator browser, Andreessen also directed the company's initial
efforts on its server software, including Netscape Commerce Server, the first secure
server for the Web.
As Chief Technology
Officer for Netscape, Andreessen was deeply involved in every important decision made by
the Company -- including the licensing of Sun's Java programming language, the initial
public offering of Netscape stock, the purchase of Collabra and Kiva Software, the
revolutionary public distribution of the browser's secret source code, and the design and
release of all of Netscape's server, browser, and other software products.
In March 1999, after the
close of the merger of Netscape and America Online, Andreessen joined America Online as
Chief Technology Officer, reporting to CEO Steve Case.
Andreessen earned his
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in 1993. He
commutes between homes in California and Virginia.
President, AOL Interactive Properties Group
Leonsis is a well-known entrepreneur and is considered a founding father of the new media
industry. He is presently President, AOL Interactive Properties Group; responsible for the
Company's activities in building local interactive networks; Web and communications
portals; new networks for the small business market; interactive ticketing, and leading
development for the company in areas such as classifieds and directories and IP Telephony.
AOL Interactive Properties leads and
manages such brands as Digital City, the industry's #1 local franchise with operations in
sixty cities; ICQ, the fastest growing global community on the Internet with more than 30
million registered members; MovieFone, the number 1 company in providing information on
movies and online movie ticketing; and Digital Marketing Services (DMS).
At AOL Studios (now AOL Interactive
Properties Group), Ted also led the Company's efforts in original content development and
was responsible for AOL's role or investment in such leading brands as Motley Fool,
iVillage, Excite, Preview Travel, iGolf, Worldplay Entertainment, Thrive, Love@AOL ,
NetNoir, PlanetOut, Moms Online, Hecklers, Astronet, Entertainment Asylum, Real Fans,
Electra, and Santa's Home Page. Santa's Home Page was made into an ABC prime-time
television special, as well as a holiday book via Penguin Publishing.
Previous to his role at AOL Studios,
Ted was President of the AOL Services Company; responsible for leading the AOL brand, and
was in charge of all sales, marketing, product development, production, programming, and
business development for the company. Ted is credited with positioning AOL as a media
company; inventing the channels programming taxonomy and initiating the Company's efforts
in e-commerce, ad sales, community-based programming, television branding advertising, and
dramatically increasing its direct marketing and original content development efforts.
During his three-year tenure leading
the AOL Services Company, AOL grew from less than 800,000 members to 8 million members;
from less than $100 million in revenues to $1.5 billion in revenues; and from a market
capitalization of less than $500 million to more than $8 billion.
Prior to joining AOL, Ted was founder
and CEO of Redgate Communications Corporation. A venture-backed firm, Redgate was
considered the first new media marketing company, founded in 1987, and had positions in
database marketing, CD-ROM based shopping, private satellite networks, online services,
custom publishing, and new media consulting. AOL acquired Redgate in early 1994 in a
pooling of interest transaction valued, at the time, at $45 million.
Also during his career, Ted worked
with Apple on the introduction of the Macintosh; IBM on the PC launch; and Wang on office
automation. He has written four books on the personal computer industry including, Blue
The People, Power and Politics behind the IBM PC. Ted also founded four
personal computer magazines that were acquired by International Thomson and IDG
His many honors include being named
one of the "200 Global Leaders of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, one of
the "Top 100 Marketing Executives" by Ad Age, and "Top 12
Entrepreneurs" by Inc. Magazine Entrepreneurs Program.
Ted also co-invented a board game
called "Only in New York;" and served for five years as Mayor of the Town of
Orchid, Florida. Ted is on the Board of Directors of Preview Travel, Proxicom and USA
Floral and serves on the Board of charities such as Hub Heaven, Best Buddies, and IRTS. He
is also on the President's Advisory Council at Georgetown University and is the youngest
member of the 1789 Foundation.
He lives with his wife and two
children in Great Falls, Virginia and Vero Beach, Florida.
Vice President, AOL Interactive Properties
Krifcher is Vice President of AOL Interactive Properties, a business unit of America
Online, Inc. that is building new businesses and distinct properties in markets including
local, portals, small business and classifieds/directories.
Krifcher is responsible for creating a
new division to enhance and extend AOL's reach into the small business market. America
Online, Inc. is already the #1 provider of interactive services to small businesses
according to the March 1998 survey by Cyberdialogue/findsvp and C + C Data, Inc. In
formalizing the small business division, America Online will better support the more than
3 million AOL and CompuServe members who own, manage, or work in small businesses and will
create the leading interactive marketplace serving small businesses.
Krifcher was formerly president, CEO
and founder of Greenhouse Networks, a business unit of AOL Studios. Since its inception in
1994, Greenhouse Networks launched venture capital investments in more than 30 Internet
businesses including: The Motley Fool; iVillage; InterZine Productions; Preview Travel;
Hecklers Online; Moms Online; NetNoir; and PlanetOut. Krifcher also supervised the
formation of joint ventures with a number of major media companies including: The Style
Channel with Disney/ABC and Fairchild Publications; The Hub with New Line
Television/Turner; and Thrive, with Time Warner. In addition, he led Greenhouse creative
teams in the development of more than two dozen in-house properties, including
Entertainment Asylum, Electra, Real Fans Sports Network, and Love@AOL -- the number one
content property on America Online.
Prior to starting Greenhouse,
Krifcher's responsibilities at America Online included roles in corporate development and
as the Vice President in charge of "People Connection" (AOL Chat) and AOL's
online community efforts.
Krifcher's experience also includes
positions as Vice President and founder of Closings, Ltd., a venture-capital backed
start-up company, and as corporate strategy consultant for Boston-based Bain &
He earned undergraduate degrees in
Finance and Systems from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA
from Harvard Business School.
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