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Andreessen Horowitz

2865 Sand Hill Road Suite 101

Menlo Park, California 94025

United States

Company Description

Marc and Ben founded Andreessen Horowitz with some very explicit beliefs. We would invest in Information Technology companies, and not in things medical, green or clean. We would have a preference for companies with deep technical roots and innovations. W ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Investor

Loudcloud , Inc.

Angel Investor

Microsoft Corporation

Founder and General Partner

A Capital

New Business Development

Google Inc

Angel Investor

Snocap Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

Personal Training Systems Inc

Affiliations

Board Member
Salesforce.Com Inc

Perpetual Member
Forbes Midas List

Advisory Board Member
Startup UCLA

Investors and Advisor
Eventbrite

Founder
Netscape

Investors and Advisor
Eventbrite

Investors and Advisor
Eventbrite

Advisory Board Member
Bring Light Inc

Founder
Palantir.net Inc

Head of the Campaign Committee “San Franciscans
Jobs

Board Member
Red Herring , Inc.

Twitter Investor and Board Member
Spark Capital

Founder
Band

Co-Founder
Joyo.com Ltd.

Founder
TheFunded

Founder and Co-Managing Partner
SV Angel

Founder
Smart Tech Foundation

ADVISORY BOARD Member
Springboard Forward

Founder
SF.CITI

Honorary Professor
Wuhan University

Education

political science

San Jose State University

Web References (181 Total References)


Ron Conway ...

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Ron Conway Explained

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Almost everybody knows that Ron Conway has invested in a huge percentage of the top technology companies in the world, but entrepreneurs often ask me why Ron would be a good investor for them. When I talk to venture capitalists, they know that Ron is important, but they seldom know why. Gary Rivlin, despite writing an entire book on Ron, completely failed to understand what Ron does (which is why the book is so bad and not worth reading).
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Speaking as an entrepreneur, if I were to start a firm today and could only have one investor, it would be Ron Conway. This post explains why.
Before doing so, I need to make some important disclosures. Ron is an investor in Andreessen Horowitz. I am an investor in Ron's new fund. Ron has made significant donations to my favorite charity (Via Rehabilitation Services). I have made significant donations to Ron's favorite charity (UCSF Medical). Ron's son Ronny works for Andreessen Horowitz. Ron was an investor in Loudcloud/Opsware (the company that I founded). Ron and Andreessen Horowitz have co-invested in many companies and we plan to co-invest in many more.
OK, now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business. People often misunderstand Ron, because he is not like other Angels or Venture Capitalists.
...
Ron runs a network. In Ron's network, the nodes are important business people and Ron governs and routes the calls. In order to place a call on the network, you must meet certain important requirements:
You must have a relationship with Ron. Note that I say "relationship" as different than "have met" or "know. More on this distinction later.
You must answer when called. Ron ensures extremely high reliability in his network by requiring all nodes to participate if called upon.
You must be in good standing with Ron.Taking an investment from Ron is the simplest way to establish a relationship and qualify to make calls on the most important business network in technology.
...
Alfred said, "Well there is this one other investor, Ron Conway.
...
I didn't know Ron at the time, and his investment was quite small. But we had nothing to lose by reaching out. So sometime after 11pm, I wrote Ron and essentially said: "hello, you don't know me, I'm an executive at a company you're an investor in, and we need a meeting-in person-with the CEO himself of this Fortune 50 company-this week-and if you can't make this happen, hey that's ok, but we may be going down-sorry. Ron wrote back in literally 2 minutes and said, in what I have learned is Ron's distinctive email style (immediate, short, all caps), "AM ON IT. The next morning, Ron had done it.
...
But my personal opinion is that I'm not sure we would have made it without Ron either.
Why Ron is Unique
Now that we understand Ron's value, a good question is why don't more people run a network like Ron? Why is Ron unique? In my view there are four key ingredients to Ron's business:
A ridonkulous work ethic-If Ron's awake, he's working. He can be at a party, in his pajamas, or at the Super Bowl. Ron is always on the job and the network is always on.
Pure motives-Ron does what he does, because he likes helping people succeed in business. He gives most of the money that he earns away to charity, so greed never clouds his vision or his mission. In fact, the investment component is almost an aside to his primary purpose.
Super human courage-Ron fears no man and he definitely fears no phone call. When you ask Ron for help, you don't have to wait a week while he warms up a connection.
...
Ron gets rid of the friction and enables his business partners to focus on what's important.


Ron Conway ...

www.bhorowitz.com [cached]

Ron Conway Explained

...
Almost everybody knows that Ron Conway has invested in a huge percentage of the top technology companies in the world, but entrepreneurs often ask me why Ron would be a good investor for them. When I talk to venture capitalists, they know that Ron is important, but they seldom know why. Gary Rivlin, despite writing an entire book on Ron, completely failed to understand what Ron does (which is why the book is so bad and not worth reading).
...
Speaking as an entrepreneur, if I were to start a firm today and could only have one investor, it would be Ron Conway. This post explains why.
Before doing so, I need to make some important disclosures. Ron is an investor in Andreessen Horowitz. I am an investor in Ron's new fund. Ron has made significant donations to my favorite charity (Via Rehabilitation Services). I have made significant donations to Ron's favorite charity (UCSF Medical). Ron's son Ronny works for Andreessen Horowitz. Ron was an investor in Loudcloud/Opsware (the company that I founded). Ron and Andreessen Horowitz have co-invested in many companies and we plan to co-invest in many more.
OK, now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business. People often misunderstand Ron, because he is not like other Angels or Venture Capitalists.
...
Ron runs a network. In Ron's network, the nodes are important business people and Ron governs and routes the calls. In order to place a call on the network, you must meet certain important requirements:
You must have a relationship with Ron. Note that I say "relationship" as different than "have met" or "know. More on this distinction later.
You must answer when called. Ron ensures extremely high reliability in his network by requiring all nodes to participate if called upon.
You must be in good standing with Ron.Taking an investment from Ron is the simplest way to establish a relationship and qualify to make calls on the most important business network in technology.
...
Alfred said, "Well there is this one other investor, Ron Conway.
...
I didn't know Ron at the time, and his investment was quite small. But we had nothing to lose by reaching out. So sometime after 11pm, I wrote Ron and essentially said: "hello, you don't know me, I'm an executive at a company you're an investor in, and we need a meeting-in person-with the CEO himself of this Fortune 50 company-this week-and if you can't make this happen, hey that's ok, but we may be going down-sorry. Ron wrote back in literally 2 minutes and said, in what I have learned is Ron's distinctive email style (immediate, short, all caps), "AM ON IT. The next morning, Ron had done it.
...
But my personal opinion is that I'm not sure we would have made it without Ron either.
Why Ron is Unique
Now that we understand Ron's value, a good question is why don't more people run a network like Ron? Why is Ron unique? In my view there are four key ingredients to Ron's business:
A ridonkulous work ethic-If Ron's awake, he's working. He can be at a party, in his pajamas, or at the Super Bowl. Ron is always on the job and the network is always on.
Pure motives-Ron does what he does, because he likes helping people succeed in business. He gives most of the money that he earns away to charity, so greed never clouds his vision or his mission. In fact, the investment component is almost an aside to his primary purpose.
Super human courage-Ron fears no man and he definitely fears no phone call. When you ask Ron for help, you don't have to wait a week while he warms up a connection.
...
Ron gets rid of the friction and enables his business partners to focus on what's important.


Angel Investors at Ben's Blog

www.bhorowitz.com [cached]

Ron Conway Explained

...
Almost everybody knows that Ron Conway has invested in a huge percentage of the top technology companies in the world, but entrepreneurs often ask me why Ron would be a good investor for them. When I talk to venture capitalists, they know that Ron is important, but they seldom know why. Gary Rivlin, despite writing an entire book on Ron, completely failed to understand what Ron does (which is why the book is so bad and not worth reading).
...
Speaking as an entrepreneur, if I were to start a firm today and could only have one investor, it would be Ron Conway. This post explains why.
Before doing so, I need to make some important disclosures. Ron is an investor in Andreessen Horowitz. I am an investor in Ron's new fund. Ron has made significant donations to my favorite charity (Via Rehabilitation Services). I have made significant donations to Ron's favorite charity (UCSF Medical). Ron's son Ronny works for Andreessen Horowitz. Ron was an investor in Loudcloud/Opsware (the company that I founded). Ron and Andreessen Horowitz have co-invested in many companies and we plan to co-invest in many more.
OK, now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business. People often misunderstand Ron, because he is not like other Angels or Venture Capitalists.
...
Ron runs a network. In Ron's network, the nodes are important business people and Ron governs and routes the calls. In order to place a call on the network, you must meet certain important requirements:
You must have a relationship with Ron. Note that I say "relationship" as different than "have met" or "know. More on this distinction later.
You must answer when called. Ron ensures extremely high reliability in his network by requiring all nodes to participate if called upon.
You must be in good standing with Ron.Taking an investment from Ron is the simplest way to establish a relationship and qualify to make calls on the most important business network in technology.
...
Alfred said, "Well there is this one other investor, Ron Conway.
...
I didn't know Ron at the time, and his investment was quite small. But we had nothing to lose by reaching out. So sometime after 11pm, I wrote Ron and essentially said: "hello, you don't know me, I'm an executive at a company you're an investor in, and we need a meeting-in person-with the CEO himself of this Fortune 50 company-this week-and if you can't make this happen, hey that's ok, but we may be going down-sorry. Ron wrote back in literally 2 minutes and said, in what I have learned is Ron's distinctive email style (immediate, short, all caps), "AM ON IT. The next morning, Ron had done it.
...
But my personal opinion is that I'm not sure we would have made it without Ron either.
Why Ron is Unique
Now that we understand Ron's value, a good question is why don't more people run a network like Ron? Why is Ron unique? In my view there are four key ingredients to Ron's business:
A ridonkulous work ethic-If Ron's awake, he's working. He can be at a party, in his pajamas, or at the Super Bowl. Ron is always on the job and the network is always on.
Pure motives-Ron does what he does, because he likes helping people succeed in business. He gives most of the money that he earns away to charity, so greed never clouds his vision or his mission. In fact, the investment component is almost an aside to his primary purpose.
Super human courage-Ron fears no man and he definitely fears no phone call. When you ask Ron for help, you don't have to wait a week while he warms up a connection.
...
Ron gets rid of the friction and enables his business partners to focus on what's important.


Nuzzel, a startup that ...

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Nuzzel, a startup that collects all the most-shared links in your Facebook and Twitter feeds and presents them in a clean, easy-to-read format, raised $1.7 million in seed funding from investors including 500 Startups' Dave McClure, "The Lean Startup" author Eric Ries, Slide's Max Levchin, Andreessen Horowitz's Ronny Conway, and the Founders Den's Zachary Bogue, who is also the husband ... Read more


BloomNation - Chicago Ventures | Early-Stage Venture Capital

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10/7/2014 - Santa Monica - BloomNation.com, the world's largest online marketplace for hand-crafted, locally delivered flowers, today announced it has raised $5.55 million to close its Series A financing led by Ronny Conway, Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, Chicago Ventures and Mucker Capital.

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