ben horowitz

  • How We All Missed Web 2.0's "Netscape Moment"

    How We All Missed Web 2.0's "Netscape Moment"

    (Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series about the late stage, secondary investing craze sweeping the venture capital business. For the first two installments go here and here.) On May 26, 2009 Mike sat down with Yuri Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and a Flipcam to talk about the then-scandalous $200 million investment DST made in Facebook, at a price that valued the company… Read More

  • What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.

    What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.

    “It’s fucked up when your mind’s playin’ tricks on ya” —The Geto Boys By far the most difficult skill for me to learn as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology. Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared to keeping my mind in check. Over the years, I’ve spoken… Read More

  • Is Groupon Worth $25 Billion?  Revenue Now "Multiple Billions Of Dollars"

    Is Groupon Worth $25 Billion? Revenue Now "Multiple Billions Of Dollars"

    As Groupon pursues its plans for an IPO, it’s proposed valuation keeps on going up. First it was $15 billion, now it’s $25 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. Remember, it was only in January, 2011 that it closed a $950 million venture round at a valuation just shy of $5 billion. What’s going on here? Is this yet one more sign of Internet valuations getting out… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Finally Adds A Fourth General Partner, Scott Weiss

    Andreessen Horowitz Finally Adds A Fourth General Partner, Scott Weiss

    The firm is keeping the name, but Andreessen Horowitz is officially no longer just the Ben and Marc show. It has added a fourth general partner (the third was John O’Farrell), and astoundingly, he didn’t come from Opsware. The new dealmaker is Scott Weiss, an experienced entrepreneur who may not be a household name, but like Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen has serious… Read More

  • Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Yes, China is taking over the world. Or at least the Internet. No, this is not like the WE’LL-ALL-BE-WORKING-FOR-JAPAN-oh-nevermind scare of the 1980s. Why? Because China has more than 1 billion people. It already represents the largest online audience in the world and is less than 30% penetrated and has Internet spending per capita that’s less than one-third of the United… Read More

  • Meet the New Enterprise Customer, He’s a Lot Like the Old Enterprise Customer

    Ben Horowitz is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and the former co-founder and CEO of Opsware. Every day I hear from entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists about an exciting new movement called “the consumerization of the enterprise.” They tell me how the old expensive Rolex wearing sales forces are a thing of the past and, in the future, companies will… Read More

  • Meet the New Enterprise Customer, He’s a Lot Like the Old Enterprise Customer

    Meet the New Enterprise Customer, He’s a Lot Like the Old Enterprise Customer

    Every day I hear from entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists about an exciting new movement called “the consumerization of the enterprise.” They tell me how the old expensive Rolex wearing sales forces are a thing of the past and, in the future, companies will “consume” enterprise products proactively like consumers pick up Twitter. But when I talk to… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Raises $650M Fund, Just Shy Of $1B Under Management

    Andreessen Horowitz Raises $650M Fund, Just Shy Of $1B Under Management

    Just 15 months after Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz officially jumped to the venture capital darkside with the close of a $300 million fund, Andreessen Horowitz is announcing the close of a second $650 million fund. In less than two years, the firm has rocketed up to a whopping $950 million under management, an investment staff of 18 people and a portfolio that includes everything from Skype… Read More

  • Foursquare Closes $20 Million Series B From Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square, And O'Reilly

    Foursquare Closes $20 Million Series B From Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square, And O'Reilly

    Foursquare, the geo-mobile startup everybody tried to invest in or buy, now has officially closed its Series B funding round. The “wire transfer heard ’round the world,” as board member Bryce Roberts puts it, was for $20 million, giving the company a $95 million pre-money valuation. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, as previously reported, with existing investors… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Celebrates First Year With New General Partner John O'Farrell

    Andreessen Horowitz Celebrates First Year With New General Partner John O'Farrell

    Andreessen Horowitz celebrates its first birthday with a number of new hires, including its third general partner – John O’Farrell – who joins founding general partners Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. O’Farrell was most recently a vice president at Silver Spring Networks. We covered the launch of Andreessen Horowitz a year ago here. The company has also recently hired… Read More