Marc Andreessen Wants to Reclaim the Moral High Ground for Tech

(Bloomberg) Celebrity venture capitalist Marc Andreessen issued a call to action on Monday morning, California time. In a blog post titled “The Techno-Optimist Manifesto,” the Netscape co-founder excoriated the enemies of progress (“elites,” “luddites,” “communists”) and celebrated the potential for technology to advance human greatness.

Like many of Andreessen’s big-picture essays on tech over the years, the message ricocheted throughout the industry this week. It drew high praise from executives like Shopify Inc.’s Tobias Lütke and Coinbase Global Inc.’s Brian Armstrong, who called it “a breath of fresh air.”

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