Michael Homer dies - key exec at Netscape
Bernadette Tansey, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Michael Homer, an influential Silicon Valley mentor and key executive at Netscape during the "browser wars" against giant competitor Microsoft in the mid-1990s, died Sunday at his home in Atherton. He was 50.
Mr. Homer was diagnosed in 2007 with a rare neurodegenerative disorder called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, leading his fellow high-tech pioneers to rally in support of brain research.
"He was brilliantly smart, with a super-high IQ and an encyclopedic grasp of the industry," said Marc Andreessen, who co-founded Netscape Communications with Jim Clark in 1994. The co-founders had "a business plan written on the back of napkins," so Mr. Homer was recruited to reinforce the new management team, Andreessen said. Mr. Homer, a veteran of Apple Computer Inc., wrote Netscape's formal business plan, built the financial model and created the marketing strategy for the young Mountain View company.
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...Donations can be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease Foundation at www.cjdfoundation.org.
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