Chris Dixon

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Chris Dixon is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, and former CEO, of the website Hunch.[1] He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and previously worked at eBay.

Early life and education[edit]

Dixon earned a BA and an MA from Columbia University, majoring in philosophy, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.[2]


Andreessen Horowitz[edit]

Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California.[3] Since joining the firm in January 2013, Dixon has led a variety of investments for the firm including FiftyThree[4] Soylent,[5] and Nootrobox[6] and he sits on the boards of drone startup Airware,[7] 3D printing startup Shapeways,[8] and digital Bitcoin wallet Coinbase.[9]

Dixon also led the firm’s investment and sits on the board of Oculus VR,[10] which was acquired by Facebook in March 2014.[11]


In the late 1990s, he spent three years as a software programmer at Arbitrade, a hedge fund focused on high-frequency trading.[12] He then joined the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners.[13]

In 2005, Dixon co-founded SiteAdvisor, a web-security startup that was bought by security company McAfee in 2006.[14] In 2009, he founded Hunch with Caterina Fake and Tom Pinckney, which was acquired by eBay in 2011.[15] He also co-founded Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund and became an investor in BuzzFeed, Makerbot, Betaworks, Uber, Venmo, Milo, Hotel Tonight, and others.[12]

He has also personally invested in several young companies including Kickstarter, Warby Parker, Foursquare, Codecademy, Pinterest, Skype, TrialPay and Stripe.[12]


In 2010, BusinessWeek magazine named Dixon the top angel investor in the technology industry.[16]

Dixon won the 2012 Crunchie "Angel of the Year" award.[17]


  1. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz Hires Chris Dixon Away From EBay". The New York Times. November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Super-Seed Funds-- Back to the Future". Harvard Business School Club of New York. November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chris Dixon Leaves eBay, Joins Andreessen Horowitz As Partner". Forbes. November 2012. 
  4. ^ "FiftyThree, Maker Of Drawing App Paper, Raises $15 Million From Andreessen Horowitz And Others". TechCrunch. June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Soylent Closes $1.5M In Seed Funding From Lerer, Andreessen Horowitz". TechCrunch. October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz to Invest in Nootropics Start-Up", New York Times, December 3, 2015 
  7. ^ "Airware Raises $10.7M From Andreessen Horowitz To Build Brains For Unmanned Drones". TechCrunch. May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chris Dixon and Andreessen Horowitz invest $30M in 3D printing marketplace Shapeways". VentureBeat. April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bitcoin's Biggest Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Leads $25 Million Investment in Coinbase". AllThingsD. December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Oculus raises $75 million to jump-start the virtual reality business". TheVerge. December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Oculus". March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "About Me". August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chris Dixon". Andreessen Horowitz blog. November 2012. 
  14. ^ "McAfee buys SiteAdvisor". Computer World. April 2006. 
  15. ^ "eBay snaps up recommendations service Hunch". VentureBeat. November 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Top Angel Investors: Behind the Rankings". BusinessWeek. February 2010. 
  17. ^ Rao, Leena. "Chris Dixon Wins Crunchies 2012 "Angel Of The Year;" Peter Thiel Is Named "VC Of The Year"". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 

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