Andreessen Horowitz Part II
Alright, backstory's out of the way, and Acquired is rolling three hours deep on the venture firm that changed the game for everyone — a16z.
- VC marketing? Check.
- "Founder-friendly?" Check.
- Platform services? Check.
- Huge valuations and massive fund sizes? Check and check.
We dissect it all in glorious detail, right down to the famous office library (located next to the Rosewood on Sand Hill, natch). The story of modern venture capital starts here. Let's Go!!!
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- Thank you as well to Pitchbook and to Nord Security. You can learn more about them at:
- Michael Mauboussin on persistence of returns across asset classes: https://www.morganstanley.com/im/publication/insights/articles/articles_publictoprivateequityintheusalongtermlook_us.pdf
- Tomorrow's Advance Man: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/18/tomorrows-advance-man
- Episode sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12jf9pwTdEuANtdOffUzSzvE0xEJptT0Or-gBSJgk8mg/edit?usp=sharing
- Childhood's End: https://www.amazon.com/Childhoods-End-Arthur-C-Clarke/dp/110196703X
- MKBHD's Studio channel and tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkuxIy3kFZM
- The Godfather: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/
- Who Got the Truth on Spotify!! https://open.spotify.com/track/03X7SwpsCjZIofK8RFPwch?si=649d93b2be7743d5