Chris Dixon

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Chris Dixon
NationalityAmerican
Alma materColumbia University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
TitleGeneral Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Chris Dixon 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.[1] He was #1 on the Midas List in 2022.[2] Dixon is known as a cryptocurrency and Web3 evangelist.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dixon grew up in Ohio.[4] He earned a BA and an MA from Columbia University, majoring in philosophy,[5] and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. His early college days were at Wesleyan University before he transferred.[6]

Career[edit]

Business[edit]

Dixon joined the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners.[7]

In 2005, Dixon co-founded SiteAdvisor, a web-security startup that was bought by security company McAfee in 2006.[8] In 2009, he founded Hunch with Caterina Fake and Tom Pinckney, which was acquired by eBay in 2011.[9]

Andreessen Horowitz[edit]

As of 2022, Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. After joining the firm in 2012,[3] Dixon led a variety of investments for the firm including FiftyThree,[10] Soylent,[11] and Nootrobox.[12] He sits[when?] on the boards of drone startup Airware,[13] and 3D printing startup Shapeways.[14]

Dixon became an early advocate for investments in Bitcoin, which he championed in various blog posts that became "something of a gospel among young crypto entrepreneurs."[3] By 2014, Andreessen Horowitz had invested almost $50 million into Bitcoin-related endeavors such as the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.[15][3] In 2022, Fortune called Dixon "the world's top crypto investor."[16] In an October 2022 article titled "Andreessen Horowitz Went All In on Crypto at the Worst Possible Time", the Wall Street Journal reported that during the first half of 2022, the cryptocurrency fund founded by Davis at Andreesen Horowitz had lost around 40% of its value, a decline "much larger than the 10% to 20% drops recorded by other venture funds, which have largely avoided the risky practice of purchasing volatile cryptocurrencies."[3]

Dixon also led the firm's investment and sits on the board of Oculus VR.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz Hires Chris Dixon Away From EBay". The New York Times. November 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Midas List 2022". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  3. ^ a b c d e Jin, Berber (2022-10-26). "Andreessen Horowitz Went All In on Crypto at the Worst Possible Time". WSJ. Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  4. ^ "Chris Dixon – The Future of Blockchain at a16z (EP.172)" (PDF). Capital Allocators. 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  5. ^ "Chris Dixon". Columbia Entrepreneurship. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Chris Dixon". Andreessen Horowitz blog. November 2012.
  8. ^ "McAfee buys SiteAdvisor". Computer World. April 2006.
  9. ^ "eBay snaps up recommendations service Hunch". VentureBeat. November 2011.
  10. ^ "FiftyThree, Maker Of Drawing App Paper, Raises $15 Million From Andreessen Horowitz And Others". TechCrunch. June 2013.
  11. ^ "Soylent Closes $1.5M In Seed Funding From Lerer, Andreessen Horowitz". TechCrunch. October 2013.
  12. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz to Invest in Nootropics Start-Up", The New York Times, December 3, 2015
  13. ^ "Airware Raises $10.7M From Andreessen Horowitz To Build Brains For Unmanned Drones". TechCrunch. May 2013.
  14. ^ "Chris Dixon and Andreessen Horowitz invest $30M in 3D printing marketplace Shapeways". VentureBeat. April 2013.
  15. ^ "Bitcoin's Biggest Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Leads $25 Million Investment in Coinbase". AllThingsD. December 2013.
  16. ^ "The unauthorized profile of Chris Dixon, the world's top crypto investor". Fortune. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  17. ^ "Oculus raises $75 million to jump-start the virtual reality business". TheVerge. December 2013.

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