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This red flag in a Facebook exec's goodbye letter shows there's bad blood over Mark Zuckerberg's radical privacy plan

Facebook announced on Thursday that chief product officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, are leaving the company. There was telling line in Cox's goodbye letter that suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg's plan to pivot Facebook to privacy. This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg's vision for the company. Facebook sprung a surprise on Thursday when Mark Zuckerberg announced that a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Times, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Cto, Marc Andreessen, Zuckerberg, Mark, Cox, Daniels


A red flag in a Facebook exec's goodbye letter shows there's bad blood over Mark Zuckerberg's radical privacy plan

Facebook on Thursday announced that its chief product officer, Chris Cox, and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, were leaving the company. A telling line in Cox's goodbye letter suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg's plan to pivot Facebook to privacy. This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg's vision for the company. Facebook sprang a surprise Thursday when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that anothe...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Marc Andreessen, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, Mark, Cox, Daniels


Databricks raises $250M at a $2.75B valuation for its analytics platform

Databricks, the company behind the Apache Spark big data analytics engine, today announced that it has raised a $250 million Series E round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Coatue Management, Microsoft and NEA, also participated in this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $498.5 million. Microsoft’s involvement here is probably a bit of a surprise, but it’s worth noting that it also worked with Databricks on the launch of Azure Databricks as a first-party service on the platform, so...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Big Data, Funding, Artificial Intelligence, Delta, Machine Learning, Ai, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Databricks, Apache Spark, Nea


Episode 891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?

Five years ago Ben Horowitz and Felix Salmon placed a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today we announce the winner.(Image credit: PIERRE TEYSSOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Ben Horowitz, Felix Salmon


Audio Of The Week: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

I listened to this 40min interview of Marc and Ben earlier this week. I enjoyed it. Marc and Ben are smart and witty and know how to work off each other. I got a few really good laughs too, which is always a bonus with these things. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Tags: Trends, Ben Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Ben, Marc, VC & Technology


Marc Andreessen: audio will be “titanically important” and VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR

In a new a16z podcast with the venture firm’s founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, there’s a lot to enjoy, from Andreessen’s TV show recommendations to Horowitz’s secret to excellent barbecue. (It’s pretty much just “time,” as you might imagine.) More useful for our founder readers may be Andreessen’s predictions around tech and, because he’s asked about them specifically, his predictions when it comes to wearables, including that virtual reality will be “one thousand” times bigger than au...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Earth, Andreessen, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Magic Leap, Marc Andreessen, Valley, HOROWITZ, Joe Rogan, A16z


She helped one company define a new market. Now, former MetricStream CEO Shellye Archambeau is joining $7.4 billion Okta to do it again (OKTA)

On Thursday, Okta shareholders voted to bring Shellye Archambeau, former CEO of MetricStream, on to its board of directors. Okta CEO Todd McKinnon believes Archambeau's experience in helping a company define a new category will help Okta as it continues to define itself in security and identity management. Okta also brought on Archambeau as it moves to bring on more independent directors from other companies, mixing it up with its current roster which is mainly venture capitalists.  Archambeau...
Tags: Microsoft, Okta, Trends, Miami, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Todd Mckinnon, McKinnon, MetricStream, Shellye Archambeau, Archambeau


Corporate travel management firm TripActions inks $154 mln Series C

TripActions, a corporate travel management company, has raised $154 million in Series C funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Zeev Ventures and SGVC. In conjunction with the funding, Ben Horowitz, a cofounder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will join TripActions’ board of directors. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, VC Deals, Tripactions, Lightspeed Venture Partners Zeev Ventures


Corporate travel startup TripActions raises $154M at $1B valuation

TripActions, one of the most well-capitalized travel startups in Silicon Valley, has raised yet another round of capital valuing the corporate travel manager at more than $1 billion. Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz will join TripActions’ board of directors as part of the startup’s $154 million in Series C funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners, Zeev Ventures and SGVC also participated in the round. Co-founders Ariel Cohen and Ilan Twig said TripActions’ $236 million raised to ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, Tech, Palo Alto, Amsterdam, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Twilio, Cohen, Allbirds, Ariel Cohen, Jive Software


6 Ways To Prepare Yourself For The First Step In Your Entrepreneurial Journey

by Chris Bray, founder and CEO of Bray Innovation Group  Without Netscape, would Google exist? Had MySpace not paved the social platform pathway, would Facebook’s app be a smartphone staple? Probably not. Thanks to entrepreneurial spirit, drive, and conviction, our world is exciting and ever-changing. Ultimately, such successes are born from innovators like you. Without daredevils of change and founders of future greatness, we’d be centuries behind in terms of progress, and the world would be a...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Entrepreneurship, Steve Ballmer, Ben Horowitz, Stanford University, Don, Sun Tzu, Bray, Advice For The Young At Heart, Startup Advice, Entrepreneur Advice


Video Of The Week: Ben Horowitz on Crypto

This is a short clip from a longer conversation that Ben Horowitz did at Disrupt a few weeks ago. In this clip, Ben describes crypto as a new kind of computing platform that is worse in every way (right now) but one. USV TEAM POSTS: Nick Grossman — September 22, 2018The Utility InfielderNick Grossman — September 21, 2018Fear
Tags: Trends, USV, Crypto, Ben Horowitz, Blockchain, Ben, Nick Grossman


‘Songs of Hope’ Raises $400,000 for Cancer Research, Honors 2018’s Top Music Makers

The 14th annual Songs of Hope gala, held for the second consecutive year in producer Alex Da Kid’s sprawling Sherman Oaks compound, raised a record-breaking total more than $400,000 for the City of Hope’s cancer research initiatives. The highlight was the presentation of “Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award” to leading specialist […]
Tags: News, Ben Horowitz, Mike Will Made-it, Clive Davis, Sherman Oaks, Benny Blanco, City of Hope, Martin Bandier, SZA, Alex Da Kid, Hope Beverly


Only 24 hours left to grab early-bird pricing on Disrupt SF 2018 passes

The 24-hour clock is in play ladies, gentlemen and everyone in-between. That’s how long you have before our early-bird pricing flies south. If you want to go to Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7, buy your tickets before July 25 at 5 p.m. PST. Depending on the type of pass you purchase, you can save up to $1,200. Miss that deadline and it’s full-freight for you. Why say “ouch” if you don’t have to? Get your ticket today. This conference will be the only Disrupt event in North America th...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, North America, Disrupt, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, Moscone Center West, CrunchMatch, Disrupt Sf 2018, Disrupt SF ’18, TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018, Priscilla Chan of the Chan Zuckerberg


Andreessen Horowitz's newest general partner left a lasting impression on Chance the Rapper after she helped him enter the Chinese market

 Connie Chan, a Silicon Valley venture capital focused on consumer tech and China, was promoted to general partner at her firm Andreessen Horowitz on Tuesday. But Chan, it turns out, has another area of expertise as a go-between for the global rap community. She even helped Chance the Rapper enter the Chinese market, according to Andreessen Horowitz cofounder Ben Horowitz. Venture capitalist Connie Chan is known in Silicon Valley for her expertise on the Chinese tech market. But it turns out...
Tags: Apple, China, Trends, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, CHAN, HOROWITZ, Connie, Connie Chan, Ben Keighran, Ken -LSB- Williams Bennett


Andreessen Horowitz promotes Chan to GP

Andreessen Horowitz has promoted Connie Chan to general partner, according to a post by the Silicon venture firm’s co-founder Ben Horowitz.  As Horowitz noted, Chan’s promotion to GP has set a precedent for the firm as it marks a break from its old “GP no-promotion rule,” which he calls “dated and out of place.” Chan initially joined the firm as an analyst.
Tags: Trends, People, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Silicon, CHAN, HOROWITZ, Connie Chan


Obama visited a top-tier Sand Hill Road venture capital firm on a Silicon Valley trip

Former President Barack Obama visited the Andreessen Horowitz offices in Menlo Park, California on Friday. Obama previously said he finds "conversations I have with Silicon Valley and with venture capital" to be "really satisfying." Former President Barack Obama visited the Andreessen Horowitz offices in Menlo Park, California, according to a photograph posted late Friday by Andrew Chen, a general partner at the firm.  Other general partners in the photograph include Ben Horowitz, fa...
Tags: Obama, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Sand Hill Road, Beverly Hills California, Chen, Democratic National Committee, Jeff Jordan, John O Farrell, Menlo Park California, Andrew Chen, Atherton California


Ben Horowitz is coming to Disrupt SF

It’s been more than four years since “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” was published and it remains — including to minds of many of us at TechCrunch — one of the best, most authentic, most instructive business books ever written. It’s partly for this reason that we’re so excited to announce its author, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of the venture firm Andreessen Howoritz, is coming to Disrupt this September. Why do people care about Horowitz’s management advice, as opposed to many other venture capit...
Tags: Startups, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Andreessen, Venture Capital, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Hewlett Packard, Andreesen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, HOROWITZ, Netscape, Opsware, Netscape Communications, LoudCloud


a16z crypto

I guess this is the week I am going to compliment our competitors in the VC business. That meme started yesterday in my post on Benchmark and will continue today. Yesterday afternoon my friend Chris Dixon announced a new VC fund called “a16z crypto” which he will lead with a team of great investors, many of which are also friends, including his new partner Katie Haun who I serve on the Coinbase board with. She is a very special person as Ben Horowitz described in this post. Go read the blog post...
Tags: Trust, Trends, USV, Crypto, Ben Horowitz, Chris, Chris Dixon, VC & Technology, Albert Wenger, Katie Haun


Andreessen Horowitz names Kathryn Haun its first female GP

Andreessen Horowitz has named Kathryn Haun its first female general partner. The news was released in a blog post from General Partner Ben Horowitz. The firm also unveiled a $300 million crypto fund to invest in crypto currency companies, coins and protocols, according to a news story in Forbes. Both Haun and General Partner Chris Dixon will manage the fund, which will operate as a separate entity from the firm’s other funds. Haun is a former assistant U.S. attorney who played a role in prosecut...
Tags: Trends, People, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Chris Dixon, Haun, Kathryn Haun, Stanford University The Forbes


Elon Musk's internal email about laying off 9% of Tesla's staff was the right thing to do in a hard situation

Tesla says it is letting go about 9% of its employees, with the first round of layoffs beginning this week. Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees announcing the layoffs. The email adhered closely to career experts' guidelines for conducting layoffs. For example, Musk gave legitimate, justifiable reasons for letting people go. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to the company's staff announcing plans to lay off about 9% of employees, with the first round of layoffs beg...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Intuit, Musk, Guy Kawasaki, Bill Campbell, HOROWITZ, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Mark Matousek, Andy Molinsky, Molinsky, Twitter Tesla


Elon Musk's internal email about laying off 9% of Tesla staff was the right thing to do in a hard situation

Tesla is letting go about 9% of employees, with the first round of layoffs beginning this week. Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees announcing the layoffs. The email adhered closely to career experts' guidelines for conducting layoffs. For example, Musk gave legitimate, justifiable reasons for letting people go. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to staff announcing that the company would fire about 9% of employees, with the first round of layoffs beginning this wee...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Canva, Intuit, Musk, Guy Kawasaki, Bill Campbell, HOROWITZ, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Mark Matousek, Andy Molinsky, Molinsky


Kevin Durant is becoming a big-time Silicon Valley investor — here are the VCs he considers his mentors

Kevin Durant and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are making a lot of venture capital investments in recent years. Durant talks about his Silicon Valley mentors in a new interview with ESPN. Durant has invested in 16 companies, according to PitchBook data, including Postmates and LimeBike.  Professional athletes often invest their substantial earnings into small businesses, but the Golden State Warriors take it to the next level. Not only is the team owned by Joe Lacob, a partner at leg...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Espn, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Jeff Bezos, Golden State Warriors, Kleiner Perkins, Ron Conway, Joe Lacob, Bay Area, Kevin Durant, Durant, PitchBook


Google Is Buying Innovative Camera Startup Lytro For $40 Million

According to TechCrunch, Google is acquiring Lytro, the imaging startup that began as a ground-breaking camera company for consumers before pivoting to use its depth-data, light-field technology in VR. From the report: One source described the deal as an "asset sale" with Lytro going for no more than $40 million. Another source said the price was even lower: $25 million and that it was shopped around -- to Facebook, according to one source; and possibly to Apple, according to another. A separate...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Tech, Ben Horowitz, Rick Osterloh, Lytro, TechCrunch Google, Google Is Buying Innovative Camera Startup Lytro


Sources: Google is buying Lytro for about $40M

Last week, Google showed off a new app to display immersive photography in virtual reality, and a multi-camera technique for capturing it, and now it looks like there may be plans to enhance that with some bolted-on technology created by a third party. Multiple sources tell us that Google is acquiring Lytro, the imaging startup that began as a ground-breaking camera company for consumers before pivoting to use its depth-data, light-field technology in VR. One source described the deal as an “...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Ben Horowitz, Lytro, Jason Rosenthal, Ren Ng


Podcast #384: What It Really Means to Be Self-Reliant

When you hear self-reliance, what do you think of? Living off the grid in a cabin somewhere? Doing everything yourself, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? Do these images get at what it really means to be self-reliant, or is there a deeper and even more profound meaning to be grasped? Indeed there is, and my guest today is here to help us unpack it. His name is Kyle Eschenroeder. He’s a regular contributor at AoM and we’ve just published a little pocket guide filled with his meditati...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Ben Horowitz, Personal Development, Squarespace, Kyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bill Walsh, AOM, Matthew Crawford, Kyle Kyle, Jordan Peterson, Milton Mayeroff, Kyle Eschenroeder He, Emerson Thoreau, Life of Quiet Desperation Emerson


Marc Benioff's right-hand man could make another $200,000 after Salesforce finally lets its top execs get raises again (CRM)

A year after Salesforce cut CEO Marc Benioff's total pay and froze other top executives' pay to appease shareholder complaints, the company has decided to loosen its purse strings. While Benioff isn't getting a salary bump, several of his top officers are getting raises which impact their salaries and their bonuses. If Salesforce hits its cash flow and growth targets, COO Keith Block could take home $2.5 million in its 2019 fiscal year — $200,000 more than he could have previously.  A year a...
Tags: Twitter, White House, Trends, SEC, Ben Horowitz, Salesforce, Cto, Marc Benioff, Forbes, Block, HARRIS, Benioff, Mark Hawkins, Parker Harris


This former Twitter exec never went to college, learned to code at the White House, and was a terrible boss until he met Ben Horowitz

Meet Wade Chambers, a former VP of engineering at Twitter, Yahoo, and other places, now the CTO of health startup, Grand Rounds. But an early disaster the first time he tried to become a manager almost derailed him. He shares his tips for how he, and anyone, can succeed no matter the odds. When you think of the stereotypical Silicon Valley tech success story, you probably think about a straight-A student from a premier university, like Stanford or Harvard inventing something in their dorm ro...
Tags: Twitter, Microsoft, Stanford, White House, US, Trends, Harvard, Ronald Reagan, Missouri, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Chambers, Mikhail Gorbachev, Cto, Marc Andreessen, Wade


Here's How We Reinforce A Culture Of Mediocrity

In a recent book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, the tech investor Ben Horowitz adds a twist: “The Law of Crappy People”. As soon as someone on a given rung at a company gets as good as the worst person the next rung up, he or she may expect a promotion. Yet, if it’s […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Ben Horowitz, 02.27.15


A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

T REN GRIFFIN, who writes the well-read 25iq blog, has assembled a collection of insights for entrepreneurs from some of the most successful venture capitalists and coaches of business founders in the world. For A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Griffin has interviewed 35 people who have “seen more highly successful business launched than any other single group on the planet.” He offers 12 quotes from each followed by short explanations to provide clarity and context. The book is a real educa...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Harvard, Reid Hoffman, Sam Altman, Ben Horowitz, Griffin, Vinod Khosla, John Doerr, Fred Wilson, Paul Graham, Chris Dixon, Steve Anderson, Eric Ries


A Walmart executive who sold his startup for $550 million had a really weird reaction the moment he got rich — here's why

Marc Lore is the CEO and president of Walmart eCommerce in the US. He sold his startup Quidsi to Amazon in 2010, for $550 million. Afterward, he felt depressed and somewhat disempowered. Even the huge amount of money he made didn't help. Many startup founders go through a similar experience and say they have mixed feelings about selling their company.  In 2010, Marc Lore sold his startup, Quidsi, to Amazon for $550 million. Immediately afterward, he felt terrible. On an episode of Business...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, Walmart, The New York Times, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Hewlett Packard, Zillow, Marc Lore, Doug, Goldberg, Hotwire, Opsware, Quidsi, Spencer Rascoff