Margit Wennmachers

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Margit Wennmachers
Margit Wennmachers Andreessen Horowitz.jpg
Margit Wennmachers of Andreessen Horowitz
Education University of Lippstadt, Germany
Occupation Venture Capitalist, Andreessen Horowitz

Margit Wennmachers is a venture capitalist at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and a co-founder of OutCast Communications (now The OutCast Agency), one of the tech world’s top public relations firms.[1] She is one of a handful of women at high-profile VC firms[2] and among the few VC marketing executives at the partner level.[1] Wennmachers was named to Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's list of 100 Women of Influence for 2012.[3]

Wennmachers joined Andreessen Horowitz in September 2010. She helps identify and evaluate new start-ups for investment potential and advises the firm and its portfolio companies on marketing and branding.[4] The firm’s investments include Twitter, Jawbone, Facebook, Foursquare, Groupon, and Zynga.[5]

Wennmachers entered technology marketing over 20 years ago when she was hired to work in the European office of a Silicon-Valley based start-up.[6] She later moved to San Francisco to join Blanc & Otus, a high-tech communications firm. Wennmachers became a member of the executive management team.[6]

In 1997, Wennmachers co-founded OutCast Communications, now The OutCast Agency, whose clients include Facebook, Autodesk,, EMC, and VMware.[2] Under Wennmachers’ leadership, OutCast grew from two employees to a multi-million dollar business.[1] She oversaw client work as well as the firm’s business operations.[6] Wennmachers is currently a non-executive director at Next Fifteen Communications Group plc, the London-based firm that acquired OutCast in 2005.[7] She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the World Affairs Council.[8]

Born and raised in Germany, Wennmachers earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Lippstadt, Germany. She has lived and worked in Germany, Spain and the U.S. and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Cain Miller, Claire (15 June 2010). "Andreessen Horowitz Hires a Female Partner". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Swisher, Kara. "Exclusive: OutCast's Wennmachers Joins Andreessen Horowitz as Partner". All Things D. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women of Influence: Margit Wennmachers". Silicon Valley's Women of Influence 2012. San Jose Business Journal. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Chapman, Lizette (4 April 2012). "Venture Firms Offer More Than Just Cash". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Portfolio Companies (Entire Portfolio)". Andreessen Horowitz. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Margit Wennmachers". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Next Fifteen appoints Margit Wennmachers as non-executive director". News. The Drum. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Council Leadership". About Us. World Affairs Council. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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