Web browser pioneer backs new way to surf Internet
That’s why he’s betting people are ready to try a different Web-surfing technique on a new browser called RockMelt.The browser, available for the first time Monday, is built on the premise that most online activity today revolves around socializing on Facebook, searching on Google, tweeting on Twitter and monitoring a handful of favorite websites.
It tries to minimize the need to roam from one website to the next by corralling all vital information and favorite services in panes and drop-down windows.”This is a chance for us to build a browser all over again,” Andreessen said. “
These are all things we would have done at Netscape if we had known how people were going to use the Web.”Andreessen didn’t develop the RockMelt browser the way he did Netscape, whose early popularity waned as Microsoft Corp. bundled its Internet Explorer browser with the Windows operating system.RockMelt is the handiwork of Tim Howes and Eric Vishria, who formerly worked with Andreessen. But Andreessen’s seal of approval has been stamped on startup.The biggest chunk of RockMelt’s $10 million in funding has come from the venture capital firm that Andreessen runs with his partner, Ben Horowitz.Andreessen also sits on RockMelt’s board of directors, and his advice has been called upon frequently.”When you are trying to reinvent the Web browser, who would you rather run your ideas by besides Marc?” said Howes, RockMelt’s chief technology officer Vishria is CEO.Facebook’s imprint also is all over RockMelt, although the two companies’ only business connection so far is Andreessen. He also serves on Facebook’s board of directors.RockMelt only works if you have a Facebook account.
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