Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (“a16z”), joining the venture capital firm in 2013, where he made early investments in Oculus (acquired by Facebook), Coinbase (which went public in 2021), and many other successful companies. Chris now leads a16z crypto, which he founded in 2018, and which now has over $7 billion in committed capital dedicated to crypto and web3 technologies—with investments ranging across applications such as decentralized finance and decentralized media, to infrastructure, social media, gaming, and more. He was ranked #1 on the Forbes Midas List in 2022.
Before joining a16z, Chris placed early bets on Kickstarter, Pinterest, Stack Overflow, and Stripe—all of which have products in wide use today. He had also previously co-founded and led two technology startups, SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee) and Hunch (acquired by eBay). Drawing from his first-hand observations, mental models, and experiences with startups and the internet industry, Chris was an early and prolific blogger (at cdixon.org) and has been a long-time advocate for community-owned software and networks. He has contributed pieces on the future of the internet to Wired and history of computer science to The Atlantic—and has discussed (and debated) crypto and web3 on several popular podcasts including The Tim Ferriss Show, The Verge’s Decoder, The New York Times’s “Sway,” Invest Like the Best, and more.
Chris has Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Columbia University; an MBA from Harvard Business School; and started his career as a software developer. He lives in California and grew up in Ohio.