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 venture capital firms[2] and among the few venture capital 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][7] She later moved to San Francisco to join Blanc & Otus, a high-tech communications firm. Wennmachers became a member of the executive management team.[7]

In 1997, Wennmachers co-founded OutCast Communications, now The OutCast Agency, whose clients include Facebook, Autodesk, Amazon, Yahoo!, EMC, Netflix, Cisco, Zimbra and VMware, as well as Andreessen Horowitz.[2] Under Wennmachers’ leadership, OutCast grew from two employees to a multimillion-dollar business.[1] She oversaw client work as well as the firm’s business operations.[7] Wennmachers is currently a non-executive director at Next Fifteen Communications Group plc, the London-based firm that acquired OutCast in 2005.[8] She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the World Affairs Council.[9] Wennmachers has been a speaker at the DLD Conference in 2011[10] and 2013,[11] Ad: Tech in 2012,[12] Upward in 2014,[13] and The Spark in 2016.[14]

Personal life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Breberen, Germany, Wennmachers' father was a farmer and her mother died when she was 18.[15] Wennmachers earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Lippstadt, Germany. She has lived and worked in Germany, Spain and the United States and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French.[7]


  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. 
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  7. ^ a b c d "Margit Wennmachers". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Next Fifteen appoints Margit Wennmachers as non-executive director". News. The Drum. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Council Leadership". About Us. World Affairs Council. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "DLD11 - The Communications Difference (Brandee Barker, Brooke Hammerling, Margit Wennmachers)". YouTube. DLD. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "DLDwomen13: Where are Marla Zuckerberg, Mary Jobs and Joan Bezos? (Margit Wennmachers)". YouTube. DLD. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "CNET News: Are leading tech companies vulnerable?". YouTube. Ad: Tech. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "UPWARD Topical Discussion: Women in Venture Capital (April 17, 2014)". YouTube. Upwards. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Talk mit Margit Wennmachers: "Investoren müssen Start-Ups in Ruhe arbeiten lassen"". Handelsblatt. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Hempel, Jessi (21 January 2018). "How to Win Founders and Influence Everybody". Wired. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 

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