RockMelt announces new way to surf the InternetBy Dexter Panganiban on Nov 8, 2010 in Internet •
San Francisco – Marc Andreessen, the man behind the introduction of Netscape browser in the mid-1990s has released today a beta browser called RockMelt. According to their site, RockMelt aims to have a different web-surfing technique that will be more focus on searches and social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google search. It will try 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.
Marc Andreessen, also serves as Facebook’s Board of Directors.
“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.”
RockMelt is developed by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria, who formerly worked with Andreessen. But Andreessen’s, one of RockMelt’s Board of Directors, seal of approval has been stamped on startup.
The biggest part of RockMelt’s $10 million in funding came from the venture capital firm that Andreessen runs with his partner, Ben Horowitz.
“When you are trying to reinvent the web browser, who would you rather run your ideas by besides Marc?” Mr. Howes said.
Eric Vishria is RockMelt’s CEO while Tim Howes is its chief technology officer.
RockMelt only works if you have a Facebook account. It is a new browser that lives in the cloud and uses Facebook authentication to synchronize a user’s browsing experience across machines.
RockMelt is starting off with a modest goal: it hopes to attract 1 million users as it extends invitations to people interested in trying the browser. Requests can be made through Rockmelt.com .
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