Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

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
Industry
Website
Location
Golden

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.

Instagram is a Menlo Park based photo-sharing social media platform.

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.

A microventure capital firm and syndicate in California that focuses on seed and early stage investments.

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.

Co-founded by creators of the Uber Michelangelo feature store, Tecton is a San Francisco-based company which enables data scientists to build a library of features and serve them in production.

A company offering an analytics platform for business, data science, and data engineering. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

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

A company offering an audio word processing platform that enables editor and producers to edit sound files while a writer would edit its lyrics.

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

CodeCombat is a company providing a multiplayer programming game for learning how to to code. It teaches Python, JavaScript, and other languages directly in the browser. It participated in the W14 cohort of Y Combinator.

Blend invites companies that service the mortgage industry to sell digital tools--APIs--through its platform.

A company building a personal healthcare assistant, using Deep Learning to turn consumer wearables into continuous health monitors. Cariogram can now detect 4 medical conditions Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure, Atrial Fibrillation, and Diabetes.

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

Dollar Shave Club offers a monthly membership service that delivers stainless steel razor blades and other personal grooming products to customers by mail.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Description
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
TxO Fund

TxO Fund, or The Talent x Opportunity Fund, is a program designed for entrepreneurs that have talent, drive, and ideas to build businesses but generally lack resources or the background to build a business.

750,000,000
750,000,000
February 2020

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
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alex Rampell

Amanda Mulay

Employee

Andrew Chen

Balaji Srinivasan

Employee

Bart Dessaint

Employee

Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz

Executive Officer

Chaz Flexman

Employee

Cheng Li

Employee

Chris Dixon

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

Marc Andreessen

Executive Officer

Martin Casado

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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

Apeel

Web

Asimov

Web

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

Bio Fund II

Web

BioAge

Web

CAMP4

Web

Cardiogram

Web

Ciitizen

Web

Devoted

Web

Going Deeper Into Freenome

Web

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

Connie Loizos

Web

PatientPing

Web

Q

Web

The One Health Company

Web

TL Biolabs

Web

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

Lydia Ramsey

Web

TwoXAR

Web

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

Kevin Dowd

Web

December 5, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Accolade

Actifio

Affirm

AIQ

Airbnb

Allset

Alluxio

AltSchool

Ampersand

Anchorage

Anki

Apeel

Apeel Sciences

Apollo

Applied Intuition

Apptio

Asana

Asimov

Asimov

Astranis

Atrium

Axoni

Barefoot

Beboop

Belong

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
AlleyWatch
September 27, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Megan Farokhmanesh
July 16, 2020
The Verge
The early 2010s prompted a Silicon Valley love affair with the media -- glowing profiles of startups and founders were the norm. Now, a group of disgruntled VCs claims the media is out to get them. What happened?
AlleyWatch
July 4, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
June 27, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
FinSMEs
June 23, 2020
FinSMEs
About | Advertise | Contact | Disclaimer | News | The Daily Deal Newsletter FinSMEs.com by FinSMEs is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
FinSMEs
June 22, 2020
FinSMEs
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Jim Dallke
June 10, 2020
AmericanInno
A Chicago travel startup just raised a new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz to help the travel and hospitality industry bounce back from Covid slowdowns.
Omar Faridi
June 10, 2020
Crowdfund Insider
Andreessen Horowitz backed NEAR proof of stake blockchain protocol to receive support from DLT infrastructure developer Bison Trails.
June 9, 2020
BioSpace
PatientPing Secures $60 Million in Series C Funding to Continue Expansion of National Electronic Notifications Network - read this article along with other careers information, tips and advice on BioSpace
FinSMEs
June 4, 2020
FinSMEs
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Natasha Mascarenhas
June 3, 2020
TechCrunch
Andreessen Horowitz announced today in a blog post that it is launching a fund designed to invest in underrepresented and underserved founders. The Talent x Opportunity (TxO) fund, which a16z says was in the works for six months, starts with $2.2 million in donations from the firm's partners. TxO will be invested in a small [...]
BioSpace
May 26, 2020
BioSpace
insitro, a machine-learning driven drug discovery and development company, today announced that it has raised $143 million in an oversubscribed Series B financing. The financing was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from new investors Can
Christine Hall
May 21, 2020
Crunchbase News
Run the World's digital platform enables people to collaborate with and learn from others, and its list of Series A backers reads like a who's who of investors, from Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund to Will Smith and Kevin Hart.
Erin Griffith and Taylor Lorenz
May 19, 2020
www.nytimes.com
For all the high-minded talk among techies, their new favorite app is an invite-only (so far) social network for mingling with one another.
Steve O'Hear
May 19, 2020
TechCrunch
Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered "talent investor" that backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, has appointed former Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans as a Venture Partner. A well-respected analyst with a background in the tech and media industries, Evans will be tasked with providing "analysis, insight and recommendations" for new [...]
Omar Faridi
May 18, 2020
Crowdfund Insider
Andreessen Horowitz: growth in crypto asset sector has been "choppy yet consistent," future productive cycles could grow ecosystem further.
Connie Loizos
April 30, 2020
TechCrunch
Two years ago, the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) took the wraps off a dedicated crypto fund from a subset of its limited partners, who'd provided the firm with $300 million in capital commitments. Now, the firm says it has closed a second fund in the same vein, this time with $515 million in capital [...]
Jordan Crook
April 30, 2020
TechCrunch
Figma, the design platform that lets folks work collaboratively and in the cloud, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series D financing. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with partner Peter Levine and cofounding partner Marc Andreessen managing the deal for the firm. New angel investors, including Henry Ellenbogen from Durable [...]
Lucas Matney
March 19, 2020
TechCrunch
With most new social media startups seeming to dial in on specific communities to thrive in a still Facebook-dominated sphere, some of the more broadly focused social investments from top VCs are going into online gaming. The latest is Mainframe Industries, a Nordic game studio building a massively multiplayer online title. The team doesn't have [...]
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