Katie Haun, who co-leads Andreessen Horowitz’s $2.2 billion crypto fund, is splitting off from the agency and taking quite a few colleagues together with her — together with working associate Rachael Horwitz — to begin a brand new crypto-centric fund, Axios studies.
Haun joined the firm in 2018 after a profession as a federal prosecutor for the Justice Division engaged on cyber crimes. She has been a extremely seen public face for the agency’s crypto efforts, discussing the regulatory panorama of the business at occasions like TechCrunch Disrupt.
A spokesperson for the agency confirmed the information to TechCrunch.
Andreessen Horowitz has grown to be a serious presence within the crypto funding world as they’ve quickly deployed capital into quite a few startups within the area. They had been an early mover with their first $300 million crypto funding fund in 2018, which they’ve since adopted up with two bigger funds, together with their present car, the $2.2 billion Fund III.
Haun has co-led the fund alongside longtime a16z GP Chris Dixon. The agency has maintained its edge amongst legacy corporations however is seeing elevated competitors amongst a swatch of so-called “crypto native” funding funds like Paradigm and Variant Fund. Paradigm lately closed a $2.5 billion crypto fund, the biggest of its type.
Haun at present sits on the boards of Coinbase and OpenSea, amongst others, the place she is predicted to retain her board seats. Andreessen Horowitz shall be a big restricted associate in her fund alongside private investments from Andreessen, Horowitz and Dixon. Haun notified her colleagues of the departure earlier at present.
“I shall be without end grateful to Chris, Marc, and Ben for believing in me early on. Our work collectively and your continued help have been invaluable. Thanks for cheering me on and supporting me on this new chapter,” an emailed assertion from Haun reads, partly.