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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz

No. 12 Marc Andreessen, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Marc Andreessen
General Partner
Andreessen 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

1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
2. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
3. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
4. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
5. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
8. Thomas Jessop
Goldman Sachs Group
9. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
12. Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
17. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory Grimaldi
Credit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
20. Rodger Voorhies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael Schlein
Accion International
22. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
23. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
24. Mark Beeston
Illuminate Financial Management
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Fabian Vandenreydt
Innotribe SWIFT
27. Derek White
28. Alex Batlin
29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard Edelstein
REDI Holdings
31. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp FinTech
32. Roy Bahat
Bloomberg Beta
33. Andrew McCormack
Valar Ventures
34. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
35. Janos Barberis
FinTech Hong Kong

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