|Born||June 10, 1972|
|Alma mater||Columbia University, Harvard University|
|Title||General 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.
Early life and education
Dixon grew up in Ohio. 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.
In the late 1990s, Dixon spent three years as a software programmer at Arbitrade, a hedge fund focused on high-frequency trading. He then joined the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners.
In 2005, Dixon co-founded SiteAdvisor, a web-security startup that was bought by security company McAfee in 2006. In 2009, he founded Hunch with Caterina Fake and Tom Pinckney, which was acquired by eBay in 2011. 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.
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 Soylent, and Nootrobox and he sits on the boards of drone startup Airware, 3D printing startup Shapeways, and the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.
In 2018, Dixon led the launch of Andreessen Horowitz's dedicated cryptocurrency vehicle, a16z Crypto, to the tune of $350 million. Katie Haun also joined as a general partner to run the fund alongside Dixon. In 2020, a second cryptocurrency-focused fund was launched with $515 million in starting capital.
Dixon won the 2012 Crunchie "Angel of the Year" award.
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