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Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz

Co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z.

Ben Horowitz is a California-based businessperson, entrepreneur, investor, and author. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Columbia University and a master's in the same discipline from the University of California-Los Angeles. He co-founded Opsware in 1999 and later co-founded Andreessen Horowitz in 2009. His literary works include The Hard Thing About Hard Things and What You Do Is Who You Are.

He created the a16z Cultural Leadership Fund to connect the greatest cultural leaders to the best new technology companies, and enable more young African Americans to enter the technology industry.

He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Hard Thing About Hard Things and What You Do Is Who You Are

Ben Horowitz is a co founder and general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen

. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service

Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. .

Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.

He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line.

Prior to a16z, Ben was cofounder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP.

Ben serves on the board of Any scale, Caffeine, Databricks, Mayvenn, Medium, NationBuilder, Okta ($OKTA), Sisu, Tanium, TripActions, and UnitedMasters.


July 5, 2009
Andreessen Horowitz Founded

Abbreviated a16z, Horowitz founded the venture capital firm with Opsware cofounder Marc Andreessen.

July 22, 2007
Opsware Sold to HP for $1.6 Billion

Founded as LoudCloud in 1999, the company went through ups and downs before the sale.

June 13, 1966
Ben Horowitz was born.

Invested in


Further Resources


What We Can't Reveal We Can't Heal - Andreessen Horowitz

Terry Brown, Shaka Senghor, and Ben Horowitz


June 4, 2020

Which Way Do You Run? - Andreessen Horowitz

Ben Horowitz


October 17, 2019


Candy Cheng
February 6, 2021
Business Insider
Andreessen and Horowitz are the cofounders of a major Silicon Valley venture firm which is an investor in Clubhouse, the buzzy audio chat app.
Christine Hall
December 29, 2020
Crunchbase News
Smerklo spoke about his journey, what his children really think he does for a living, and how he pays his knowledge forward to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
July 21, 2020
By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News and Host of the Ideas to Invoices Podcast In three seasons of the Ideas to Invoices podcast, Silicon Hills News has interviewed more than 70 highly successful Austin and San Antonio entrepreneurs and many of them recommended books that have helped them with their entrepreneurial journeys. Silicon Hills ...
Kirsten Korosec
April 27, 2020
Ben Horowitz, the co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz won't seek re-election to Lyft's board, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Horowitz has served as a board of director at the ride-hailing company since June 2016. His venture firm, which he co-founded with [...]
Bill Taylor
December 3, 2019
Harvard Business Review
Distinctive cultures produce distinctive products.


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