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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

Andreessen Horowitz (also named a16z) is a US venture capital firm, founded by Marc Andresseen and Ben Horowitz in 2009.

Founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz (known as “a16z”) is a venture capital firm located at 2865 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. The firm is stage agnostic: a16z invests in seed to late-stage companies, and both consumer and enterprise technology companies. As of April 2018, a16z has raised $7.1B, across seven funds, including the $650M Bio funds.



Andreessen Horowitz built a network of technical and executive talent; media and marketing resources; Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies; as well as other technology decision makers, influencers, and opinion leaders. The firm uses this network to help their portfolio companies grow. Their operating teams provide entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights across a range of topics.

Structure

Organization

As a venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz’s organizational structure is generally comprised of board partners, special advisors, operations team, and a group of in-house service specialists. The firm uses a Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency model. Instead of having industry specific general partners, general partner works on behalf of all its portfolio companies. The in-house service specialists – whose skillset ranges from business development to recruiting – are meant to dispense their expertise to companies in Andreessen Horowitz’s portfolio.

Executive Briefing Center

Andreessen Horowitz also operates a facility that allows their portfolio companies to connect and network with established enterprises, called the Executive Briefing Center. The Executive Briefing Center is based both in California and New York. Established enterprises, who have been identified by their portfolio companies as potential customers, are invited to the center for a networking and presentation session of these companies’ products and services. For the established businesses in attendance, the session is an opportunity for them to be informed of the latest developments in their area of interest, alongside building possible partnerships with the presenting startups.

AH Bio Fund is a series of two Limited Partnership, Venture Capital, Pooled Investment Funds managed by Andreessen Horowitz.



AH Bio Fund I, L.P. specializes in Series A, seed, early-stage startup investments. The fund seeks to invest in software related biology, biotech, and medicine companies at the intersection of computer science and life sciences, with a focus on digital therapeutics, cloud technology in biology, and computational medicine robot. AH Bio Fund I raised $200M across 67 investors. It was announced on November 18, 2015.



AH Bio Fund II, L.P was announced on Dec 14, 2017 . The Andreessen Horowitz' second bio fund is a $450 million investment fund focused on the intersection of biology and engineering. As with the first bio fund, they invest across seed to growth.

History

In 2015, the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz launched a $200 million fund located in Menlo Park, CA, to invest in software, biology, and medicine, led by its ninth general partner, Vijay Pande. The Official name of the fund is AH Bio Fund I LP . The fund gathered $200M (18 Nov 2015) from 67 investors .

AH Bio Fund II, L.P is a venture capital fund located in Menlo Park, CA that invests in early-stage healthcare-focused information technology companies. This Andreessen Horowitz sponsored fund is led by Vijay Pande, the chair of Stanford University's chemistry department. The fund is an extension of the firm's early-stage information technology investment program, but differs in its focus on the healthcare sector.



The focus is in computational biomedicine, applying AI and ML to diagnostics and therapeutics; new bio utilities or tools that make it easier to "read", "write" or edit and synthesize DNA, as well as making advances in bioengineering itself.

Investments

AH Bio Fund I LP

This fund focuses on software companies built to enable and address biotech ideas. It makes roughly one Series A investment and 2-3 seed investments each quarter, on pace with other general partners at Andreessen Horowitz. The fund works closely with Y Combinator.

AH Bio Fund II

AH Bio Fund II invests in software companies which can benefit from the reduction in the costs of data storage, computational power, sensors to measure biological data, and genetic sequencing. AH Bio Fund II has identified computational biomedicine, new scientific utilities, and network effects in healthcare as areas of specific investment interest.

Andreessen Horowitz Crypto Startup School

Announced in November, 2019, Andreessen Horowitz offers a free crypto startup school. They opened the applications during their announcement, for which they hoped to see 20 to 25 teams or approximately 40 participants. The program, held at their Menlo Park offices, is seven weeks long, and will include technologists and investors from the crypto currency space. The first program starts February 21, 2020 and finishes April 3, 2020.



During the seven weeks, participants can expect to receive 12 to 15 hours of lectures, workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities per week. The courses outlined include:

  • What are Crypto Networks, and Why Do They Matter?
  • Blockchain Computing Primitives: Cryptography and Consensus
  • Overview of Application Development Tools
  • Applications: Today and 2025
  • Crytpo Business Models
  • Cryptoeconomics
  • UX, Product Development and Security
  • Go-to-Market Strategy and Developer Relations
  • Community Participation and Governance
  • Regulatory Landscape and Considerations
  • Guide to Fundraising

At the end of the course, Participants showcase a project idea or prototype during a demo day. Participating in the program does not guarantee an investment from Andreessen Horowitz, nor do they take any equity for participating. 



For those interested, but unable to move or spend a couple of month in Menlo Park, Andreessen Horowitz has said they will record all lectures, and the recordings along with curriculum materials will be made available later.

Timeline

December 2, 2019

Andreessen Horowitz votes in favor of Multi-Collateral DAI.

The exchanges have announced that users would have to continue trading SAI until the listing of the multi-collateral DAI on 2 December 2019.

November 8, 2019

Andreessen Horowitz launches free crypto startup school

And the company is officially launching its school today.

May 1, 2019

Andreessen Horowitz closed on two new funds

One was a $750m early-stage fund and the other a $2b later-stage fund.

April 2, 2019

Files to become a registered investment advisor

Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz filed to become a registered investment advisor so that it can have more flexibility to put money in cryptocurrency and other assets.



Last year the firm raised its first cryptocurrency fund, with $300 million in capital committed.

December 13, 2017

AH Bio Fund II

$450M

November 17, 2015

AH Bio Fund I LP

$200M

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

Golden is a company started in San Francisco, USA. The company is building an encyclopedia and knowledge tool. The founder and CEO of Golden is Jude Gomila.

Carta (formerly eShares) is a San Francisco based cap table management platform that offers 409A valuations, products for investors and public companies.

A company offering an email client designed to be the fastest email experience. The company was founded by Conrad Irwin, Rahul Vohra, and Vivek Sodera in 2015 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Online photo-sharing and social networking service.

Ripple is a global currency exchange and remittance network that aims to lower the cost and improve the speed of international bank transfers relative to legacy financial infrastructure.

Stripe is a financial technology company providing software that allows businesses and individuals to make and receive online payments.

Lyft is an American transportation network company. It designs, markets and operates a mobile application for matching drivers with passengers.

Coinbase is a digital asset exchange company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It operates exchanges of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

Dfinity is a decentralized computing network currently in development using blockchain technology and algorithmic governance.

Airbnb provides an online platform for listing, searching and booking rental accommodations.

The Long-Term Stock Exchange is a financial services company and Securities Exchange.

Kong (formerly Mashape) is a San Francisco-based company that offers open source microservice API gateway.

An online sports streaming platform that is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

A technology company offering a platform for supporting the energy workforce.

Orchid Labs is a company developing the open source Orchid protocol, which is a peer-to-peer network and online marketplace for selling and buying internet bandwidth.

Instacart is an internet-based grocery delivery service company.

Eclypsium protects the foundation of a computing infrastructure, controlling risks and stopping threats to enterprise firmware and hardware devices.

Mercury is a company making banking products for startups based in San Francisco and backed by a16z.

Propel builds software dedicated to helping low-income Americans improve their financial health with technology.

Branch offers microloans through a free-to-download Android app in emerging markets.

Fivetran is a California based data software company that helps analysts use cloud data warehouses to store and access their data.

Pinterest is a photo sharing, publishing website, social media web and mobile application company.

Plaid is a company providing businesses with tools and access to develop a digital financial system.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
450,000,000
450,000,000
December 20, 2017
200,000,000
200,000,000
November 18, 2015
501,386,048
501,386,048
June 14, 2016
52,075,000
52,075,000
April 1, 2015
500,000,000
500,000,000
March 28, 2014
601,100,000
601,100,000
November 11, 2010
300,000,000
300,000,000
June 28, 2018
22,594,554
22,594,554
October 16, 2018
16,695,000
16,695,000
September 5, 2018
74,316,672
74,316,672
July 28, 2016
1,000,000,000
1,000,000,000
March 28, 2014
30,000,000
30,000,000
August 13, 2018
36,700,000
36,700,000
March 20, 2015
100,000,000
100,000,000
July 14, 2015
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alex Rampell





Amanda Mulay

Employee



Andrew Chen





Balaji Srinivasan

Employee



Bart Dessaint

Employee







Ben Horowitz

Executive Officer



Chaz Flexman

Employee



Cheng Li

Employee







Chris Lyons

Employee



Connie Chan





Frank Chen





Fred Kang

Employee



Gina Bianchini

Employee



Grace Ellis

Employee



Jeff Jordan





John O' Farrell





Jorge Conde





Juliet Nyatta

Employee



Kristina Simmons

Employee



Louis Beryl

Employee







Marc Andreessen

Executive Officer



Martin Casado





Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

a16z crypto



Web



Andreessen Horowitz has a new, $450 million bio fund



Web



Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again)

Alex Konrad

Web

April 2, 2019

Ben Horowitz on a Murder, Genghis Khan, and Corporate Culture

Paris Martineau

Web

November 9, 2019

Ben Horowitz reveals how he screens for culture in investment pitches - Business Insider

Melia Russell

Web

November 15, 2019

Going Deeper Into Freenome



Web



Menlo Ventures dives into data-driven healthcare investing with its newest partner

Connie Loizos

Web



The One Health Company



Web



Top Silicon Valley VC Andreessen Horowitz is investing $450 million into biotech

Lydia Ramsey

Web



What's next for Andreessen Horowitz after a wild 2019?

Kevin Dowd

Web

December 5, 2019

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Anna Escher
January 3, 2020
TechCrunch
Loft may have better product market fit in Brazil than Opendoor does in the U.S.. And now the São Paulo-based property tech company has growth funding to prove it. Andreessen Horowitz is doubling down on its first Brazil investment with Loft, a two-year-old real estate marketplace. The $175 million Series C was co-led by Vulcan [...]
Melia Russell
December 11, 2019
Business Insider
Wonderschool, a startup whose service helps parents find day care, is growing to four new markets in 2020.
Megan Hernbroth
December 10, 2019
Business Insider
The Series B deal values Imply at $350 million, and is one of the earliest deals Andreessen's growth fund has ever led.
Business Insider
November 26, 2019
Business Insider
Our regular newsletter on getting things done -- like screening for the right talent, placing executives, and diversifying revenue.
Shannen Balogh
November 22, 2019
Business Insider
Anish Acharya is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He sees innovations not just from payments companies, but from unexpected players in the fintech space.
Shana Lebowitz
November 19, 2019
Business Insider
When they interview candidates for venture capital positions, Andreessen Horowitz values respect for the entrepreneur and avoids arrogant people.
Romain Dillet
November 8, 2019
TechCrunch
Last month, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) general partner Chris Dixon announced at TechCrunch Disrupt that the VC firm would run a free crypto startup school. And the company is officially launching its school today. Applications are now open and you have four weeks to apply. With this initiative, a16z wants to democratize cryptocurrencies. Dixon and the [...]
Connie Loizos
November 4, 2019
TechCrunch
Ben Horowitz, co-founder of venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, has a new book out titled "What You Do Is Who You Are," which takes a look at how to create culture at a company. We sat down with Horowitz last month to discuss some of the lessons he aims to impart and why he felt compelled [...]
Lucas Matney
October 22, 2019
TechCrunch
How funding rounds are classified these days has much more to do with positioning than any VC definitions, but it's still true that nothing has quite the pizzazz as the "strategic investment" celebrity party round. Sandbox VR, a location-based virtual reality startup that capped off a huge $68 million Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz [...]
Kate Clark
October 9, 2019
TechCrunch
Julie Yoo will make investments out of the firm's bio fund.
Lydia Ramsey
October 9, 2019
Business Insider
Andreessen Horowitz tapped Julie Yoo as its next general partner focused on finding companies that prove "software is eating care delivery."
Elise Thomas
October 7, 2019
Wired
Facebook says its cryptocurrency will be managed by an independent group, but an analysis finds more than half of the members have links back to the social media giant.
Akin Oyedele
September 24, 2019
Business Insider
The legendary early investor in Facebook, Airbnb, and Slack is bullish on a booming corner of the artificial intelligence industry.
Ned Desmond
September 19, 2019
TechCrunch
One lesson from TechCrunch's Disrupt SF is that founders can'd get enough programming on the really hard questions. How do I get into Y Combinator? How do I hire a technical lead? How do I raise my first round? That's why we created a special stage at Disrupt SF for the sole purpose of bringing [...]
Nicole Perlroth
September 13, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Uber had a very bad day this week. But Juul may have had a day that was even worse.
September 12, 2019
WebWire
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept 12, 2019) Incredible Health - the company powering one of the country's fastest-growing health care hiring platforms - today announced $15 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures, and others. Incredible Health is on a mission to help health care professionals find and do their best work. This capital raise will accelerate the national expansion of their career marketplace conne...
Natasha Lomas
September 12, 2019
TechCrunch
Andreessen Horowitz has led a $15 million Series A in US-based job matching platform for nursing vacancies, Incredible Health. Other investors in the funding round include NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures and Gingerbread Capital. To date the recruitment startup has raised a total of $17M. The California startup's pitch to nursing professionals and hospitals is [...]
Lucas Matney
August 13, 2019
TechCrunch
When Fortnite reached stratospheric popularity early last year, there were undoubtedly an awful lot of VCs on the sidelines looking enviously at the massive platform and wondering what opportunities could be gleaned from its rapid rise. Epic Games went on to raise later that year at a nearly $15 billion valuation so some of those [...]
Kate Clark
August 21, 2019
TechCrunch
Tandem is amongst the most sought after companies of Y Combinator's summer batch.
Kate Clark
July 24, 2019
TechCrunch
Hipcamp raises $25 million Series B to take its campsite booking service global.
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