Netscape’s Andreessen Funding New RockMeIt Browser

August 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—According to the New York Times, Marc Andreessen, founder of the Netscape Web browser of the 1990s, now turned financier, is funding a mysterious new startup company called, RockMeIt run by former associates, that claims to have developed a better browser for the next generation of Web surfers.

The news is causing a minor sensation in tech circles, as not much is known about the company or its technology. The company’s Web site only has a landing page with an Earth logo, welcoming interested parties to email the company for updates.

What is known about RockMeIt is that it was co-founded by Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, former staffers of Opsware, a company co-founded by Andresseen, which was sold to Hewlett-Packard. Howes also previously worked with Andreessen at Netscape.

In an earlier interview with the NY Times, Andreessen spoke of the Web of the twenty-first century, as having “…a network of complex Web sites. “There are all kinds of things that you would do differently if you are building a browser from scratch,” said Andreessen to the Times.

There is some speculation that RockMeIt’s new browser would incorporate real-time updates from social networking sites, like Facebook, which the new browser, Flock currently offers.

However, Andreessen and RockMeIt’s co-founders are not talking. “We are at very early stages of development. Talking about it at this stage is not useful,” said Vishria.

It would be interesting to see what sort of technology RockMeIt comes up with. The startup company would face increasing competition in an already crowded browser market, with the likes of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome.


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