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Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons

Managing Partner and Head of Cultural Leadership Fund at a16z

Chris Lyons is a Managing Partner and the Head of the Cultural Leadership Fund at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

Education

Lyons attended Georgia State University, where he received an Associate's Degree in Business Management. Additionally, Lyons went to Full Sail University, where he received another two degrees, an Associate's of Science Degree, Recording Arts, and a Bachelor's of Science Degree, Entertainment Business.

Career

Lyons began his professional life in the music industry, first working as an event coordinator. In 2009 he took a job as a sound engineer for Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy-Award winning music producer based in Atlanta, Georgia. By 2010 Lyons had developed a restaurant application called PictureMenu, a digital menu that allowed restaurant patrons to not only view their meal before ordering but also rate the dish afterward.

In 2012, Lyons moved to Silicon Valley to participate in the NewME Accelerator, an accelerator for start-ups led by minority peoples, but in 2013 he accepted a position alongside Ben Horowitz, co-founder of a16z, as the Chief of Staff. After five years serving as Chief of Staff, Lyons developed and became head of the Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) at a16z, a $16.5 million

fund. The CLF is a limited partnership between Andreesen Horowitz and influential global cultural leaders like Shonda Rhimes, Chance the Rapper, Quincy Jones, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The fund is aimed to bring more cultural diversity into the tech industry. The fund has invested in startups such as Wonderschool, Overtime, and Propel.

Timeline

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A VC Fund Backed By Kevin Durant And Diddy Will Donate Its Profits To 11 Charities Improving Diversity In Tech

Biz Carson

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October 11, 2019

How this VC is helping black cultural power brokers like Shonda Rhimes and Chance the Rapper invest in tech

J.J. McCorvey

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May 22, 2019

Rasa raises $26M led by A16Z for its open source conversational AI platform

Ingrid Lunden

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June 23, 2020

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