Jim Clark

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14 Nov, 1994

Netscape rename

Design Change

Andreessen and a founding team of five other members announce the name change from Mosaic Communications Corporation to Netscape Communications Corporation based on the popularity of the “Netscape” browser. Chairman and CEO Jim Clark says:

We are making this name change both as a gesture of good will to the University of Illinois and to more clearly differentiate our company from other companies marketing World Wide Web browsers. ‘Netscape Communications’ more fully conveys the nature and breadth of our business, which is much more comprehensive than a simple browser for the Internet. Our new name enables us to underscore our unique identity as a premier provider of complete, standards-based client/server solutions for communicating and conducting commerce on the Net.

13 Oct, 1994

First commercial browser

1993_mosaic_browser_large_yahooAndreessen and Clark release Mosaic Netscape 0.9 as the first commercial browser. Andreessen says the biggest surprise is

Number one, that it worked. The big turning point for me was when Mosaic worked. I was like, wait a minute, you can actually change the world!

4 Apr, 1994

Mosaic Communications Corp.


Andreessen and Clark incorporate Mosaic Communications Corp. to market the software Andreessen produced for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Andreessen recalls:

I thought it was obvious that everyone would want this and that they would be able to do lots of things with it. And I thought it was obvious that the technology would advance to a point where you wouldn’t need a computer science degree to do it.

Early days of Mosaic & Netscape Browsers Marc Andreessen Jim Clark John Doerr

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