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a16z

a16z

  • Menlo Park, California, United States

  • Menlo Park, San Francisco, New York City, London

Stage

  • Early Stage, Late Stage, Seed

Type

  • Venture Capital

Description

The Talent x Opportunity (TxO) Initiative supports emerging cultural innovators by providing access to funding, education, and mentorship. This program aims to help entrepreneurs build sustainable, successful businesses centered on their cultural innovations.

Mission

We aim to connect entrepreneurs, investors, executives, engineers, academics, industry experts, and others in the technology ecosystem. We have built a network of experts including technical and executive talent; top media and marketing resources; Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies; as well as other technology decision makers, influencers, and key opinion leaders. a16z uses this network as part of our commitment to help our portfolio companies grow their business, so our operating teams provide entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights across the entire spectrum of company building.

Beauty Investments #

  • 2

Primary Sector

  • Internet, Financial Services, App, Fashion

Beauty Exits #

  • 0

Last Beauty Invest

  • Nov, 2020-Pamper Corporation

BEAUTY PORTFOLIO

How to Apply?

menlopark-info@a16z.com

Criteria

About a16z
Andreessen Horowitz (aka a16z) is a venture capital firm that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. We are stage agnostic. We invest in seed to venture to growth-stage technology companies, across AI, bio + healthcare, consumer, crypto, enterprise, fintech, games, infrastructure, and companies building toward American dynamism. a16z has $42B in assets under management across multiple funds.

Respect for the entrepreneur and the company-building process defines a16z. We know what it’s like to be in the founder’s shoes. General partners lead the firm, many of whom are former founders/operators, CEOs, or CTOs of successful technology companies, and have domain expertise ranging from data to artificial intelligence, biology to crypto, distributed systems to security, and marketplaces to financial services.

We aim to connect entrepreneurs, investors, executives, engineers, academics, industry experts, cultural geniuses, and others in the technology ecosystem. We have built a network of experts, including technical and executive talent; marketing and communications resources; Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies; cultural leaders and influencers; as well as other technology decision makers and key opinion leaders. Our network reflects a16z’s commitment to helping our portfolio companies grow their businesses, and our operating teams provide entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights across the entire spectrum of company-building.

A culture is not a set of beliefs, it’s a set of actions.
BUSHIDO
Who We Are
Our culture is our way of doing things, not just reading about them. And yet, unless we set that culture, it’ll just be what it is without an intentional purpose. We are clear about our beliefs and what we stand for. We define how we treat entrepreneurs, our relationships within our many networks, and each other. And we make explicit our expectations of what it means to be a part of the a16z team, whatever your role.

We do only first class business and only in a first class way
We take this inspiration from John Pierpont Morgan who built and ran what was one of the first venture capital businesses. For us there are several components to it:

We respect the intense struggle of the entrepreneurial process and we know that without the entrepreneurs we have no business. When dealing with entrepreneurs, we always show up on time and we always get back to them timely and with substantive feedback, even if it’s bad news (like a rejection).

We have an optimistic view of the future and believe that entrepreneurs, whether they succeed or fail, are working to help us achieve a better future. As a result, we never publicly criticize any entrepreneur or startup (doing so is a fireable offense). This does not mean that we leave CEOs in place forever. Our obligation is to the company not the founder. If the founder is no longer capable of running the company, the founder will not remain as CEO.

Our word is our bond. When we make a commitment to a partner, an entrepreneur, a limited partner, or someone in our network, we keep it. Although we have legal agreements, the people who we do business with do not need them, because what we say is what we do. As a result, we do not haphazardly commit the firm. We carefully consider and discuss all important commitments, because we will live up to what we commit.

We tell the truth even if it hurts. When talking to an entrepreneur, an LP, a partner, or each other, we strive to tell the truth. We are open and honest. We do not withhold material information or tell half truths. Even if the truth will be difficult to hear or to say, we err on the side of truth in the face of difficult consequences. We do not, however, dwell on trivial truths with the intention of hurting people’s feelings or making them look bad. We tell the truth to make people better not worse.

We take a long view of relationships, because we are in the relationship business
We build relationships with people we want to do business with for a very long time and we treat them as such. We do not take a transactional view. If we meet an executive, we take an interest in her career and help her find the right job for her. We do not try to jam her into a specific company. If we bring a corporate partner on board, we seek to help them innovate in a way that meets their business needs. We do not try to sell them a product because we have a company that needs to make a quarter. If we invest in an entrepreneur, we don’t just spend time with her when she is a “winner”.

We are there in good times and in bad. We can be a tough friend at times, but we are a friend for life. We never compromise long-term trust with any relationship for the sake of a short-term win. However, we expect our partners to be good friends to us and our expectations about what it means to be a friend are high. If our partners do not treat us in kind, we will walk away.

We believe in the future and bet the firm that way
We are in the business of investing in innovators. This has many implications. First, the nature of the bet is asymmetric. We think far more about how big the outcome will be if a deal succeeds than all the ways that it can fail. We don’t criticize deals that aren’t working, because we know the bet was asymmetric when we made it and the job was dangerous when we took it. Next, we never ridicule or dismiss new ideas that we do not yet understand. If we don’t understand something, we assume that we are the ones who are slow, not the entrepreneur. Finally, we invest in the magnitude of the strength of the idea and the team, not in their lack of weaknesses.

We invest in innovators and we too must innovate. Thanks to our entrepreneurs, the world is changing fast and we must continue to change with it. This means being open to new ideas no matter how crazy they sound at the time. Everything we’ve ever invested in sounded crazy at some point — from virtual reality to cryptocurrency to air mattresses in apartments, we know that breakthrough ideas are difficult to recognize at the time and we strive to do just that. In addition, as new technological categories emerge, we will reorganize the firm, change our fund structure, and even revisit our culture to adapt.

Innovation is not an excuse to avoid today’s work, nor does it mean that we celebrate failure. We set objectives, we measure ourselves, and we deliver against those commitments. The goal is to win and we will win by being willing to question our assumptions, take risks, and iterate our way to success.

We are all different, we recognize that, and we win
Some of us are introverts and others are extroverts. Some are super conscientious and others are amazingly creative. Some are great with relationships and others are great with ideas. And we value it all. We come from very different cultures and backgrounds, yet we work hard to see and understand the talent in each other.

We are diverse, but that’s because we can see each other’s talents and we value those. We don’t have quotas or goals or objectives to be diverse — we have a goal to be the most talented firm in the industry and we end up being diverse as a result of that goal.

When we come to work each day we strive to recognize each other’s superpowers rather than diagnose each other’s weaknesses. We all have weakness, but our superpowers define us. This combination of different strengths and different thinking differentiates us and enables us to stand out as a firm. We try to put everyone in a position where their superpower matters more than their weaknesses, but none of this will excuse lack of effort, hard work, or determination. We believe in each other’s potential, but we expect everyone to perform.

When it comes to politics, we value different viewpoints within the firm, but we don’t allow those differences to negatively affect our relationships with each other. As a firm, we take public political positions only when they are directly related to creating new companies, such as crypto regulation and IPO rules, for example.

We celebrate the good times
A huge part of all of our lives takes place at work and we need that time to be meaningful and memorable, so we celebrate our individual and collective wins and we celebrate them well. We look for opportunities to celebrate and use our creativity and innovative skills to make those celebrations “can’t miss” events. When one of us achieves something great, we all take pride in it and we are more excited for them than we would be for ourselves. We want to see each other win.

These celebrations are meant to reflect and enjoy each other — we always treat others appropriately and with respect, including when we celebrate. A celebration is not a free excuse to be an idiot.

We play to win
Our culture only matters if we are important. In order to be important, we must win. We believe that we are the best firm in the world to do business with and we expect to win. When we engage in a deal, we present the firm in the best light, call on every resource to help, and do whatever it takes to win.

We are the best firm, so we expect to win with an equivalent or lower offer than anyone else bidding. Therefore, we do not win by arbitrarily overpaying. Having said that, our strategy is to invest in the best companies, not get the best bargains.

We do it for the team
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Resources Breakdown Funding Terms
  • $100K To $150K

  • N/A

Education
  • No
Accelerator
  • Type-No
  • Duration-No
Network
  • 18
1:1
  • Yes

IMPERATIVE: CULTURE & VALUES

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BEAUTY FUNDER FIT SCORE

Resources

Education

Accelerator

Network

1:1

4.25/10

*This score calculates the likelihood of any beauty brand getting funded by the investor. The score gives weights to number of beauty investments, recency of beauty investment, number of beauty exits, inclusivity inclination, resources offered, etc.

Inclusivity Investments %
  • 55.56%
Beauty Investments #
  • 2

Beauty Exits #
  • 0
Last Beauty Invest
  • Nov, 2020-Pamper Corporation

LEAD DETAILS

Lead Contact

Ashlee Halpin

Title

Manager

Email Id

ahalpin@a16z.com

LinkedIn

Co.: a16z

Twitter Handle

a16z

Contact

businessplans@a16z.com

1(650)798-5800.

JUMP CONCLUSION

Talent x Opportunity invests in early-stage ventures merging cultural and technological innovation, primarily at seed and pre-seed stages. They have a broad geographic focus including New York, California, and Slovakia, targeting sectors like software, entertainment, fashion, retail, and financial services with a collaborative investment approach, emphasizing startups enhancing cultural expression through technology in emerging hubs.

Good Beauty Funder Fit, especially for brands adapting or leading cultural changes and sustainable practices.

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