Tagged: andreessen horowitz

a16z Crypto: Andreessen Horowitz Dives into Cryptocurrency with New $300 Million Fund

Andreessen Horowitz, perhaps the most prominent VC in the world, has gone crypto. In a blog post today, Chris Dixon,  a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, announced the a16z crypto venture fund backed with $300 million of fiat currency. Dixon said the new venture fund will… Read More

Crypto VCs at Consensus Envision Token-Based Future

Seasoned reporter Paul Vigna, who covers cryptocurrencies and blockchain at the Wall Street Journal and who also co-authored a fine book on the subject, The Age of Cryptocurrencies, sat down at Consensus with VCs Balaji S. Srinivasan and Fred Wilson to discuss the business realities that may… Read More

Creation of an ICO Safe Harbor Would Provide a Zone of Regulatory Certainty in a Market Flooded with Questionable Compliance

The US initial coin offering (ICO) market is the subject of a great deal of regulatory uncertainty resulting, in large part, from the absence of comprehensive guidance by the SEC.   The uncertainty has caused frustration for issuers and investors and has also been counter-productive… Read More

Point Initiates Forward Flow Purchase Program with Atalaya: Unlocking Home Equity Wealth

Point, a fintech platform that allows homeowners to unlock home equity wealth without taking on new debt, has agreed to a forward flow purchase program with investment firm Atalaya Capital Management to purchase up to $150 million of Point’s structured home equity investment instruments. “We’re… Read More

Decentralized IT Security Marketplace PolySwarm Receives Crypto-Focused BlockTower Capital Investment, Prepares for Nectar Tokensale

Decentralized IT security marketplace PolySwarm has received an investment from cryptocurrency investment firm BlockTower Capital. BlockTower Capital launched in August, raising $140 million from backers including Union Square Ventures LLC and Andreessen Horowitz to bring professional trading and portfolio management to emerging digital assets like… Read More

Follow that Unicorn! Coinbase Nabs $1B Revenue during 2017

Coinbase, co-founded by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, provides support for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin in 32 countries, with over 10 million customers served and over $50B in digital currency exchanged. Now the six year-old digital wallet and crypto-exchange Coinbase has reportedly crossed $1 billion in revenue… Read More

OpenInvest Presents Shareholder “Digital Democracy”: Vote with a Simple Swipe

OpenInvest, an online investment advisor empowering individuals to drive social change with their dollars, today launched its first iPhone app that features “the world’s first digital democracy,” the ability to vote in the shareholder resolutions with a simple swipe. The Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz-backed socially responsible investing… Read More

Vanishing IPOs: A Discussion Of The Causes, Cures & Implications

In a recent testimony to the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Scott Kupor, CEO & Managing Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a $6.5 billion multi-stage venture capital firm, gave an amazingly comprehensive and concise description of today’s vanishing IPO market, the… Read More

Online Real Estate Marketplace Cadre Raises $65 Million led by Andreessen Horowitz

Cadre describes itself as a tech-enabled real estate investment platform with an emphasis on differentiated sourcing, diligence enhanced by data, increased transparency, and investor-friendly terms. Cadre is targeting bigger investors but has plans to expand their and now they have additional funding to execute on their… Read More

Into the Black: TransferWise Celebrates Operational Profitability

UK Fintech TransferWise has reached operational profitability six years after launch, according to a release. The Estonia-founded, London-based currency exchange startup indicated that it is currently amassing £8 million a month in revenue and is on target to reach £100 million for 2017. “To have hit… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz Leads Funding Round in Robo-Advisor OpenInvest

OpenInvest has received $3.25 million in Seed funding led by high profile VC Andreessen Horowitz. The Fintech firm also received funding from Abstract Ventures, Wireframe Ventures and SV2. OpenInvest is described as “social impact investing platform” targeting retail investors. The Robo-advisor enables investors to align… Read More

Startup Grind 2017: Fintech is the Future

Two-day conference Startup Grind earlier this week set in Redwood City, California at the Fox Theater boasted “5,000 founders and investors, more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions, and over 50 exhibiting startups”.  The ability to pull back from all of the pitches and decipher key messages… Read More

PeerStreet Raises $15M During Series A Funding Round Led by Andreessen Horowitz

Real estate crowdfunding platform, PeerStreet, announced on Thursday it raised $15 million during a Series A funding round, which was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, with additional participation from The Kaiser Family Foundation, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and Montage Ventures.  The portal revealed… Read More

Fintech Platform Point Nabs $8.4M in Series A Funding, Led by Andreessen Horowitz

Point, claiming the title as the first financial technology platform that allows homeowners to unlock their home equity wealth without taking on new debt, announced today that it has raised $8.4 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz which also led the company’s… Read More

Mark Cuban is Interested in Using Reg A+

Billionaire shark and outspoken entrepreneur Mark Cuban is considering using Title IV of the JOBS Act. He sees the updated securities exemption as a huge opportunity.  Currently, most of the Mark Cuban media coverage has focused on him taking up the banner of the #nevertrump… Read More

Crowdfunder Update: CEO Chance Barnett Announces VC Fund

Crowdfunder now provides unprecedented access — for both experienced institutional investors and everyday investors — to early-stage deals from many of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms.  Crowdfunder has launched a VC Index Fund which co-invests with a select list of leading VCs (the Index), investing $100,000 per deal… Read More

$13.8B for Global Funding for VC-Backed Fintech Firms; Payments, Lending & Blockchain Lead Way

2015 was the year that financial technology entered the mainstream, claims the new report “Pulse of Fintech” from KPMG and CB Insights (see also the University of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance  seminal benchmarking surveys last year), which estimates that VC-backed fintech firms around the world secured $13.8 billion in… Read More

TransferWise’s Future of Finance Report Shows How Americans Incorporate Fintech into Daily Life

Nearly one third of Americans will be using a technology company for financial services such as loans, mortgages and payments in five years, reports global P2P platform TransferWise Almost one third of Americans are likely to be using a technology provider and not a bank for… Read More

This One Graph Explains Why the Definition of an Accredited Investor Must Be Changed Now

There is currently a bill weaving its way through Congress that will go a long way in addressing the regulatory negligence known as the definition of an accredited investor.  The SEC staff has proposed new rules, which the Commission may consider, that have the potential to… Read More

Amazon Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Startups with New “Launchpad” Feature

Amazon today announced Amazon Launchpad, a new program that makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe. The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package,… Read More