EBay said Tuesday that Marc Andreessen has joined its board. Andreesen, who was a co-founder and a principal architect of Netscape Communications and later served as chief technology officer of America Online, which acquired the pioneering browser firm in 1998.
Andreessen also founded Opsware, formerly known as LoudCloud, a provider of data-center automation software that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007. His most recent endeavor is as co-founder of Ning (he’s pictured here with Ning co-founder and CEO, Gina Bianchini), an Internet company developing a “next-generation platform for social networking” that allows anyone to build “your own social network for anything.”
“Marc is a true visionary whose experience will be invaluable to eBay,” said John Donahoe, eBay’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to learning from Marc’s insights and expertise as we drive further innovation on our platform, invest in growth opportunities and develop technology that will further benefit our customers, build powerful communities and enhance e-commerce.”
No word on which, if any, committee’s of eBay’s board Andreessen will serve.