This content is from: Portfolio

The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Alastair (Alex) Rampell

No. 22

22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
General Partner
Andreessen Horowitz

Alastair (Alex) Rampell joined Andreessen Horowitz in October 2015, but his ties to one partner at the Menlo Park, California–based venture capital firm go back much further. In 2002, as an undergraduate studying applied mathematics and computer science at Harvard University, Rampell met Chris Dixon, who was then pursuing an MBA and has been an Andreessen Horowitz partner since 2013. Introduced by a mutual friend, they met at a Harvard Square coffee shop and “ended up talking for almost five hours about different business ideas,” Rampell recalls. In 2004 they started an antiphishing company, FraudEliminator, which turned into SiteAdvisor in 2005 and was sold to McAfee Associates in 2006 for $75 million. Rampell says SiteAdvisor ran into a common problem of tech start-ups that he resolved to overcome with his next venture: “How do you monetize digital goods that people don’t want to pay for?” In 2006 he co-founded TrialPay, which allows consumers to get products or services for free in exchange for shopping with advertisers. That and two other fintech start-ups co-founded by Rampell — retail credit company Affirm in 2012 and consumer-spending analytics provider TXN Solutions in 2014 — received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, which Silicon Valley tech stalwarts Marc Andreessen (No. 12 last year) and Ben Horowitz started in 2009. Visa bought TrialPay in February 2015 for $116 million, and Rampell helped guide the transition before formally joining Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner. “I like coming up with ideas and helping people work through problems,” says Rampell, who describes his mentoring style as “more coaching than playing.” He has led seed and Series A rounds totaling $15.4 million for Point, a Palo Alto, California, start-up created by TrialPay co-founder Eddie Lim that lets homeowners sell equity stakes in their properties, and a $9.2 million Series A for Branch International, a San Francisco company operating a mobile lending platform for sub-Saharan Africa. Rampell says he has closed a deal that has not been made public and has three others pending. He sits on the boards of Affirm, Point, and TXN, as well as on that of institutional trading company KCG Holdings, where Hans Morris (No. 10), managing partner of Nyca Partners (an investor in Affirm), is also a director.

The 2016 Fintech Finance 35
1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
FinTech Fund

Related Content