Whereas the cryptocurrency market’s most up-to-date hype wave appears to be dying down after a spectacular rise, Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto arm is reaffirming its dedication to startups constructing blockchain initiatives with a hulking new $2.2 billion crypto fund.
It’s the agency’s largest vertical-specific fund ever — by fairly a bit.
Andreessen Horowitz’s 2018 crypto fund ushered in $300 million of LP commitments and its second fund, which it closed in April of final 12 months, clocked in at $515 million. The brand new multibillion greenback fund not solely showcases how institutional backers are rising extra comfy with cryptocurrencies, but in addition how Andreessen Horowitz’s property beneath administration have been shortly swelling to compete with different deep-pocketed companies together with the ever-prolific Tiger World.
With this announcement, Andreessen now has some $18.8 billion property beneath administration.
LPs are possible far much less cautious to take an opportunity on crypto after Andreessen Horowitz’s stake in Coinbase equated to some $11.2 billion on the time of the direct itemizing’s first trades, although the inventory has slid again some 30% in current months because the crypto market has shrunk.
A few of the agency’s different main crypto bets embody NBA High Shot maker Dapper Labs which hit a $7.5 billion valuation this spring. Blockchain infrastructure startup Dfinity raised at a $9.5 billion valuation this previous September. Final 12 months, the agency led the Series A of Uniswap, which is poised to be a significant participant within the Ethereum ecosystem. Along with fairness investments, a16z has additionally made main bets on the currencies themselves.
An earlier report from Newcomer final month reported a16z was focusing on a $2 billion crypto fund and that they’d already unloaded a few of their crypto holdings earlier than most cryptocurrencies took a significant dive in current weeks.
Crypto Fund III will proceed to be managed by GPs Chris Dixon and Katie Haun, however the agency has additionally begun spinning out a extra strong administration staff across the crypto vertical.
Anthony Albanese, who joined the agency final 12 months from the NYSE, has been appointed COO of the division. Tomicah Tillemann, who beforehand served as a senior adviser to President Joe Biden and as chairman of the World Blockchain Enterprise Council, will likely be a16z Crypto’s world head of Coverage. Rachael Horwitz can be coming aboard as an working associate main advertising and marketing and communications for a16z crypto; leaving Google after a stint as Coinbase’s first VP of Communications as properly.
A pair folks are additionally approaching in an advisory capability, together with entrepreneur Alex Worth and a pair others who will possible be a tad useful in regulatory maneuverings together with Invoice Hinman, previously of the SEC, and Brent McIntosh, who lately served as Below Secretary of the Treasury for Worldwide Affairs.