The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund

The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund

The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund connects cultural leaders with emerging technology companies with the stated goal of enabling more African Americans to enter the technology industry.


The a16z Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) is a partnership between Andreessen Horowitz and cultural leaders to advance more African Americans into technology. Such cultural leaders include Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Will and Jada Smith, Shonda Rimes, Chance the Rapper, Shellye Archambeau, and more. Industries in which the funds are to be used included gaming, health technology, financial technology, analytics, artificial intelligence, and more. The goals of the CLF are twofold:

1) Connect cultural leaders to the best new technology companies.

2) Enable more young African Americans to enter the technology industry.

The fund was raised by Chris Lyons and had a value of more than $16.5 million. Funds will be used for Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies that are interested in partnering with the aforementioned cultural leaders who invested in the fund.Furthermore, fees and carried interest associated with the fund will be donated to non-profit organizations that have a focus on fostering diversity in the field of technology. Non-profits that have received donations include those teaching people of color how to code and another that trains Black, Latinx, and Native American leaders to enter the technology industry.


August 22, 2018
Andreessen Horowitz Cultural Leadership Fund announced.

Funded Companies


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.

Roblox provides an online entertainment platform that allows users to build and play games and share them with others.

Carta (formerly eShares) is a San Francisco-based cap table management platform that offers 409A valuations and 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 company offering an analytics platform for business, data science, and data engineering. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

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

Astranis is a satellite communications company building small telecommunication satellites founded in 2015 by John Gedmark.

Yubico is a Palo Alto, California-based secure authentication and enterprise security company founded in 2007 by Stina Ehrensvärd and Jakob Ehrensvärd.

Lime is a mobile platform that allows users to unlock its fleet of shared bikes and scooters.

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

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

Dapper labs is a blockchain and software development company developing blockchain based products and services.

A healthcare technology company offering a medical professional hiring platform for hospitals.

Compound is a company with an open-source protocol for algorithmic Money Markets on the Ethereum blockchain.It designs apps that allows for users of cryptocurrencies to monetize and borrow tokens.

Tmunity Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing t-cell immunotherapies for the treatment of human diseases.

A technology company specializing in creating enterprise software. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

A company that has designed a marketplace for transactions related to camping and outdoor activities. It was founded in 2013

A mining company that utilizes Big data, statistical modeling, and ore-deposit science to research natural resources exploration. It was founded in 2018 and is located in Berkeley, California.

An educational technology company with a platform where people can start infant and toddler programs and preschools out of their homes.

An online retail company specializing in selling hair salon products. It was founded in 2013 and is located in Oakland, California.

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