About the pmarca Archive from Marc Andreessen's blog
Adam Rifkin stashed this in pmarca Archive
On October 15, 2009, Jed Christiansen archived Marc Andreessen's writings -- the pmarca archive -- on Posterous.
A month ago, Twitter announced it will be shutting down Posterous in April.
I'm going to save my favorites posts from that Posterous on PandaWhale in my pmarca Archive stash.
I'm saving these posts for myself and anyonewho wants to read them and be inspired. If Marc wants me to take these down, I would reluctantly do so, but hopefully he won't.
Below is Jed's explanation of the archive.
Thank you Marc for writing these, and thank you Jed for collecting these!
Jed Christiansen's October 2009 explanation of the pmarca archive:
I noticed a few weeks ago that Marc Andreessen had deleted virtually everything off his blog. The only thing that’s left is the post announcing the formation of his VC firm, Andreessen Horowitz.
I’ve been such a huge fan of Marc’s writing, and hated to see so many brilliant and incredibly helpful posts lost. So I went to the Internet Wayback Machine and copy/pasted all the posts they had (through March 2008). I had also subscribed to Marc’s blog via Feedburner e-mail, so grabbed all of the e-mails I had saved to fill in the gaps.
To be clear, I have no ulterior motives other than making sure that Marc’s posts can be found and useful to entrepreneurs everywhere. (And if Marc wants me to take it down, I would reluctantly do so… hopefully he won’t!)
blog.pmarca.com was like a meteor from June 2007 through the spring of 2008. Here are a bunch of my favorite posts:
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 1: Why not to do a startup
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 2: When the VCs say “no”
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 3: “But I don’t know any VCs!”
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 4: The only thing that matters
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 5: The Moby Dick theory of big companies
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 6: How much funding is too little? Too much?
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 7: Why a startup’s initial business plan doesn’t matter that much
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 8: Hiring, managing, promoting, and firing executives
- The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 9: How to hire a professional CEO
- The truth about venture capitalists, Part 1
- The truth about venture capitalists, Part 2
- The truth about venture capitalists, Part 3
- The Pmarca Guide to Career Planning, part 0: Introduction
- The Pmarca Guide to Career Planning, part 1: Opportunity
- The Pmarca Guide to Career Planning, part 2: Skills and education
- The Pmarca Guide to Career Planning, part 3: Where to go and why
- The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 1: Turnaround!
- The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 2: Retaining great people
- Luck and the entrepreneur, part 1: The four kinds of luck
- Counterpoint: Ben Horowitz on micromanagement
- CEO Crime & Punishment
- The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet
- Age and the entrepreneur, part 1: Some data
- The Pmarca Guide to Personal Productivity
- How to hire the best people you’ve ever worked with
Some quick cautions and warnings!
- The link addresses aren’t changed, which mean they’re prefaced by the Internet Wayback Machine archive link. If you look at the link you’ll figure out which part to delete to go to the right address.
- Some videos have been taken down, or I couldn’t find the embed code.
- I tried to include every post he made and not filter anything. However, I may have missed a few. Please let me know (via comment below) if you have any that aren’t in the archive.
I hope this is useful to some of you out there. And Marc, if you read this, I’m a big fan and only mean for this to help the millions of entrepreneurs you’ve inspired.
I have the same motives as Jed. I want the content to be available for me and anyone else.
And the same caveats as Jed apply for anything I post here -- lots of broken links, and I'm doing this to be helpful and useful to the entrepreneurs of the world who want to read these things.
I'll put PandaWhale links to pages here:
The Truth about Venture Capitalists:
The pmarca Guide to Startups:
Will move more over soon.