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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz

< The 2015 Fintech Finance 3512Marc AndreessenGeneral PartnerAndreessen Horowitz

In the 1990s, Marc Andreessen catapulted to fame as co-founder of Netscape Communications Corp. Today he is one of the world’s most influential venture capitalists, on the strength of the Menlo Park, California, firm he started in 2009 with longtime business partner Ben Horowitz, and on the strength of his own personality. The $4.2 billion-under-management Andreessen Horowitz has invested in such storied Silicon Valley successes as Airbnb, Pinterest and Twitter. And Andreessen is an unrelentingly energetic voice for the industry, regaling his 418,000 Twitter followers with his latest opinions on the tech scene. The 44-year-old general partner has been signaling his firm’s intentions to be more aggressive in financial technology than others around Sand Hill Road have been. Recent moves into fintech reflect Andreessen Horowitz’s “all stages” portfolio approach. The firm led a $58 million Series C round for London-based money transmission service TransferWise in January; made a flurry of digital currency and blockchain investments (21 Inc, Circle Internet Financial, Coinbase); and is a seed investor in Robinhood, a commission-free brokerage app. In August, Andreessen brought in as a fintech-dedicated general partner Alex Rampell, a 34-year-old serial entrepreneur who co-founded e-commerce advertising and payments company TrialPay, now part of Visa, as well as lending start-up Affirm, which raised $275 million in May, with Andreessen Horowitz participating. Andreessen, who declined to be interviewed for this article, told the New York Times in August that finance has historically been “an entrepreneur-driven field,” with Rampell chiming in that it is “ripe for disruption.”

 The 2015 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IVRRE Ventures
2. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners3. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures4. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners5. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad BernsteinFTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group8. Thomas JessopGoldman Sachs Group9. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners
11. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City12. Marc AndreessenAndreessen Horowitz13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannBanco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures
16. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures17. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory GrimaldiCredit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners20. Rodger VoorhiesBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael SchleinAccion International22. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates23. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures24. Mark BeestonIlluminate Financial Management25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA
26. Fabian VandenreydtInnotribe SWIFT27. Derek WhiteBarclays28. Alex BatlinUBS29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La RuffaAquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard EdelsteinREDI Holdings
31. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp FinTech32. Roy BahatBloomberg Beta33. Andrew McCormackValar Ventures34. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance35. Janos BarberisFinTech Hong Kong

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