One of the world’s largest VC firms, Andreessen Horowitz has invested in Twitter, Skype and Facebook and has two “super angels” at its core…
Fund name: Andreessen Horowitz
Investor category: Venture capital and private equity
Based in: Silicon Valley, US
A Silicon Valley-based fund founded in 2009 by “super angels” Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.
Andreessen Horowitz makes investments from seed stage to growth funding in businesses from across the world and holds the title as the first venture firm to hold stock in four of the world’s largest social media companies – Facebook, Groupon, Twitter and Zynga. It looks to back high-growth tech, digital and gaming start-ups and has made investments in more than 200 companies in these industries including Buzzfeed, Airbnb, and Oculus VR which was acquired by Facebook last year. It is one of the only venture firms which provides investee companies with a package of recruitment services, market and corporate development, access to special advisers and marketing support alongside funding.
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Marking one of the biggest deals of 2015, in January the fund led a $58m Series C round in currency exchange start-up TransferWise alongside Sir Richard Branson, Valar Ventures and other high-profile investors. Launched in 2011, London-based TransferWise provides a low-cost international money transfer service and has grown to a team of over 250 staff. Young Gun co-founder Taavet Hinrikus said Andreessen Horowitz’ investment reflected “how financial services are ripe for disruption”.