Founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz (known as "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 late-stage technology companies, across bio + healthcare, consumer, crypto, enterprise, fintech, games, and companies building toward American dynamism. a16z has $33.3B in assets under management across multiple funds.
We’ve established a team that is defined by respect for the entrepreneur and the company-building process; we know what it’s like to be in the founder’s shoes. We’ve invested in companies like Celo, Coinbase, Compound, Dfinity, Diem, Maker, and OpenSea. Our team is at the forefront of new technology, helping founders and their companies impact and change the world.
a16z is seeking to recruit an Infrastructure Analyst to join the firm’s Crypto team. The successful candidate will work closely with General Partners and Deal Partners meeting entrepreneurs, developing a point of view, and ensuring the rest of the team is up to speed on the latest developments in a fast-moving space. You should be passionate about crypto, and work to build a network of the best entrepreneurs, engineers, and subject matter experts in the space.
The primary goal of the crypto team is to find and invest in bold entrepreneurs building the best protocols, companies, and DAOs.
This role will primarily focus on investing in decentralized networks and permissionless protocols. A successful candidate should have a deep, first principles understanding of how these protocols work, and believe in their importance for the future of the Internet.
- Source investment opportunities. You are expected to invest first and foremost in relationships. This includes proactive involvement in the crypto community -- attending industry events, meeting with upstream investors, and cultivating university/corporate networks to find entrepreneurs and access deal flow.
- Develop a sharp investment point of view on categories and companies. Build and defend an informed thesis for why we should invest in a company or segment. This thesis should be supported by a deep analysis of both broad industry trends and granular data.
- Evaluate prospective investments: Assist in conducting a detailed and comprehensive review of the people, products, technologies, go-to-market plan, competitive position, and other relevant information to maximize chances of success for any investment we make.
- Maintain industry awareness. Develop a network of sources and information to ensure up-to-date understanding of the crypto industry. This includes growing a network of subject matter experts and leveraging an in-house data science team. This also includes interacting with non-crypto companies to understand their strategy, and the opportunities & challenges that presents to startups in this space.
To Join Our Team, You Should Be Excited To
- Build and cultivate long-term relationships
- Demonstrate passion about the Crypto space; fascinated with the startup ecosystem, new markets, and new ways of doing things
- Display intellectual commitment to discover what others do not
- Synthesize vast amounts of data and resolve what really matters
- Quantitative analysis; observe retention rates and customer cohorts
- Sift through large customer data sets to identify strengths and weaknesses of a startup
- 2–4+ years of technical experience in engineering or data science
- 2+ years of crypto specific experience and contribution, either in a professional or personal context
- Genuine intellectual curiosity, the ability to learn new facts and concepts quickly and comprehensively, then explain those facts & concepts to other people succinctly
- Ability to synthesize complex information, form a sharp point of view, and communicate it in a relevant way to different audiences
- Effective communications skills, both verbal and written
- Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
- Ability to juggle multiple items and work on tight deadlines
- Desire and proven ability to learn new domains and technologies quickly
- Energetic positive attitude
- Deeply optimistic conviction about the future of crypto and the Internet
- We do only first class business and only in a first class way
- We take a long view of relationships, because we are in the relationship business
- We believe in the future and bet the firm that way
- We are all different, we recognize that, and we win
- We celebrate the good times
- We do it for the team
- We play to win