Chris Dixon

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Chris Dixon
Born (1972-06-10) June 10, 1972 (age 49)
Alma materColumbia University, Harvard University
TitleGeneral Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Chris Dixon (born June 10, 1972) is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and previously worked at eBay. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hunch, a website.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Dixon grew up in Ohio.[2] He earned a BA and an MA from Columbia University, majoring in philosophy, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. His early college days were at Wesleyan University before he transferred.[3]



In the late 1990s, Dixon spent three years as a software programmer at Arbitrade, a hedge fund focused on high-frequency trading.[4] He then joined the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners.[5]

In 2005, Dixon co-founded SiteAdvisor, a web-security startup that was bought by security company McAfee in 2006.[6] In 2009, he founded Hunch with Caterina Fake and Tom Pinckney, which was acquired by eBay in 2011.[7] He also co-founded Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund and became an investor in BuzzFeed, Makerbot, Betaworks, Uber, Venmo, Milo, and Hotel Tonight.[4]

Andreessen Horowitz[edit]

Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. Since joining the firm in January 2013, Dixon has led a variety of investments for the firm including FiftyThree[8] Soylent,[9] and Nootrobox[10] and he sits on the boards of drone startup Airware,[11] 3D printing startup Shapeways,[12] and the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.[13]

Dixon also led the firm's investment and sits on the board of Oculus VR,[14] which was acquired by Facebook in March 2014.[15]

In 2018, Dixon led the launch of Andreessen Horowitz's dedicated cryptocurrency vehicle, a16z Crypto, to the tune of $350 million.[16] Katie Haun also joined as a general partner to run the fund alongside Dixon.[17] In 2020, a second cryptocurrency-focused fund was launched with $515 million in starting capital.[18]


In 2010, Bloomberg L.P. named Dixon the top angel investor in the technology industry.[19]

Dixon won the 2012 Crunchie "Angel of the Year" award.[20]


  1. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz Hires Chris Dixon Away From EBay". The New York Times. November 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Chris Dixon – The Future of Blockchain at a16z (EP.172)" (PDF). Capital Allocators. 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  3. ^ "Super-Seed Funds-- Back to the Future". Harvard Business School Club of New York. November 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  4. ^ a b "About Me". August 2014.
  5. ^ "Chris Dixon". Andreessen Horowitz blog. November 2012.
  6. ^ "McAfee buys SiteAdvisor". Computer World. April 2006.
  7. ^ "eBay snaps up recommendations service Hunch". VentureBeat. November 2011.
  8. ^ "FiftyThree, Maker Of Drawing App Paper, Raises $15 Million From Andreessen Horowitz And Others". TechCrunch. June 2013.
  9. ^ "Soylent Closes $1.5M In Seed Funding From Lerer, Andreessen Horowitz". TechCrunch. October 2013.
  10. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz to Invest in Nootropics Start-Up", The New York Times, December 3, 2015
  11. ^ "Airware Raises $10.7M From Andreessen Horowitz To Build Brains For Unmanned Drones". TechCrunch. May 2013.
  12. ^ "Chris Dixon and Andreessen Horowitz invest $30M in 3D printing marketplace Shapeways". VentureBeat. April 2013.
  13. ^ "Bitcoin's Biggest Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Leads $25 Million Investment in Coinbase". AllThingsD. December 2013.
  14. ^ "Oculus raises $75 million to jump-start the virtual reality business". TheVerge. December 2013.
  15. ^ "Oculus". March 2014.
  16. ^ "Introducing a16z crypto". 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  17. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz has a new crypto fund — and its first female general partner is running it with Chris Dixon". 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  18. ^ "Crypto Fund II". 2020-04-30. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  19. ^ "The Top Angel Investors: Behind the Rankings". Bloomberg L.P. February 25, 2010.(subscription required)
  20. ^ 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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