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Andreessen Horowitz is a $4 billion venture capital firm, founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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    a16z Podcast: VR Goes Pro - With Chris Dixon and Peter Rubin
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 27, 2015, 9:05 p.m.

    [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188184000" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]   Virtual Reality seems to be everywhere these days, showing up in demos and offerings from the world's biggest gadget makers along with the Hollywood and gaming crowd. All of which begs the question -- when do the rest of us get in on the fun? MORE

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    TransferWise: Learning from My Mistakes - Ben Horowitz
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 26, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

    "The campaign is global - the dollar ain't what it used to be Switch a franc for a dollar, you get like 1.3" —Ryan Leslie, Swiss Francs
    Three years ago I made an investment decision that I have regretted ever since ... MORE

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    16 Things
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:36 p.m.

    We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don’t make investments based on a pre-existing thesis about a category. That said, here are a few of the things we’ve been thinking about… …

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    DevOps - Some historical context on this trend
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    DevOps is more than just a methodology. It’s a must-have skill set for the modern programmer -- and is increasingly becoming its own department as well (the subject of much debate). And the growth of the DevOps movement coupled with complex cloud infrastructure has opened up many opportunities today... MORE

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    Online Video - It's only getting started now
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    YouTube does a fantastic job of generating zillions of video views for its community. Yet it does a relatively poor job of helping their users earn money. There hasn’t been any serious competition that can deliver viewers at such scale… Until now. MORE

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    Crowdfunding - Goes mobile and mainstream
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    Until now, crowdfunding has mostly been an occasional, desktop sort of experience. We might back a new gadget launch or a charity a few times a year, but it’s not an everyday thing. With a smartphone in our pocket, however, we not only have access to crowdfunding platforms whenever we want, but to the crowd that comprises the various social circles of our lives. MORE

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    Security - You've already been hacked
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    Everybody’s going to get hacked, and it’s just a question of how quickly we respond ... or go on the offense. MORE

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    Virtual Reality - A new creative medium where the default state is belief
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    Computer enthusiasts and science fiction writers have dreamed about VR for decades. But earlier attempts to develop it, especially in the 1990s, were disappointing. It turns out the technology wasn’t ready yet. What’s happening now  -- because of Moore’s Law, and also the rapid improvement of processors, screens, and accelerometers, all driven by the smartphone boom  --  is that VR is finally ready to go mainstream. And once VR achieves 'presence', we start to believe... MORE

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    Internet of Things - What happens when ordinary old things become connected
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    Something often overlooked when we talk about all the shiny new connected gadgets emerging out of the ‘Internet of Things’ is what happens to all the old things when they're connected to the internet? MORE

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    Bitcoin (and Blockchain) - 3 things to think about this year
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    Institutions are starting to ask “What’s your Bitcoin strategy?” in much the same way people once asked “What’s your social media strategy?" MORE

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    Sensorification of the Enterprise - What comes after the consumerization of IT
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:29 p.m.

    Think about what’s possible with smartphones today. The form and sophisticated functionality of smartphones has led to businesses we couldn’t ever have imagined. It’s made possible partly because of the “sensorification” of the landscape, coupled with mobile and a friendly UI. That same sensorification needs to move to the enterprise. MORE

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    Ringly - by Chris Dixon
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 21, 2015, 1 p.m.

    Wearable devices are part of a new model of computer networking — what people are calling the personal cloud. The personal cloud will include both general-purpose and single-purpose devices. Apple is pursuing the general-purpose vision with the upcoming Apple Watch. Ringly is pursuing the single-purpose vision. There will be successful companies in both categories. You might think that wearable devices like Ringly will make people even more obsessed with the internet. My experience has been the opposite. MORE

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    Stack Exchange - by Chris Dixon
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 20, 2015, 5:01 p.m.

    One of the major startup opportunities of the information age is: now that more than two billion people have internet-connected devices, how do we create systems to efficiently share and store their collective knowledge? Requirements for successful collective knowledge systems include: 1) users need to be given the proper incentives to contribute, 2) the contributions of helpful users need to make the system smarter (not just bigger), and 3) users with malicious intent can’t be allowed to hurt the ...

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    Distelli and the Rise of DevOps - by Scott Weiss
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 20, 2015, 2:01 p.m.

    DevOps is more than just a methodology. It’s a must-have skill set for the modern programmer -- and is increasingly becoming its own department as well (the subject of much debate). The rise of the hyperscale cloud datacenter has made this job much harder as developers have had to hack together tools and complex scripts for pushing code to thousands of pancake servers. The growth of the DevOps movement coupled with this complex cloud infrastructure has opened up an opportunity ...

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    a16z Podcast: Coding as Literacy - With Jamie Brandon, Tracy Chou, and Chris Granger
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 19, 2015, 8:50 p.m.

    [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186851886" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]   Is coding the new literacy? As software infuses all our lives and every industry, there are those that know how to create it and those who just use its seemingly magical powers. So how much ought we all know about how a favorite app works under the hood? Do we all need to ...

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    12 Things Learned from Chris Dixon about Startups - by Tren Griffin
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 18, 2015, 10:34 p.m.

    Chris Dixon has been both a founder and a VC. He has empathy for both venture capitalists and founders on this set of issues. He is most certainly correct that this type of situation creates tension. The wave of discussion about this topic is proof of that. The question is: what is the best way to resolve the tension in ways that are mutually beneficial? MORE

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    Skydio - by Chris Dixon
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 15, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

    I’m excited to announce today that Andreessen Horowitz is leading a $3M financing of Skydio, a startup developing artificial intelligence systems for drones. MORE

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    Soylent is Not Just a Food Company - By Chris Dixon
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 14, 2015, 6:03 p.m.

    I was chatting with John Borthwick a few years ago and he said something that struck me. He said he was interested in companies that appear to be focused on selling X but are really online communities that happen to make money selling X. This helps explain why many investors are confused by the sustained success of these companies ... MORE

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    Putting the Internet to Work - With Linden Tibbets and John O'Farrell
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 14, 2015, 5:32 p.m.

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vthiXCqTWtM&w=720&h=504]   There is a scenario where the Internet of Things is nothing more than just Things on the Internet. All those fitness bands, lights switches and refrigerators are "connected" in some sense, but without the utility and smarts that the elevated notion of IOT encompasses. Of course, there are people working hard to make sure the IOT meets its promise. IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets is definitely one of those ...

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    CES 2015 Recap for Makers and Product Managers - Steven Sinofsky
    on The Andreessen Horowitz Blog on Jan. 13, 2015, 6:28 p.m.

    CES 2015 was another amazing show. Walking around the show one can only look with wonder at the amazing technologies being invented and turned into products. Few things are as energizing or re-energizing as systematically walking the booths and soaking it all in. I love CES as a reminder of the amazing opportunity to work in this industry. Taking a moment to share what I walk away with is always helpful to me -- writing is thinking. Every day we have ...

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