Wonderschool

While important debates about the long-term impact of new technologies on jobs play out, I’ve had a front row seat to a set of companies where new technologies have immediately created new streams of income for millions of people. These …

Overtime

The professional sports business is at a crossroads.

The biggest revenue stream for the major sports leagues is, by far, media — primarily television. Recent decades have seen an explosion in broadcast rights fees. Take, for example, the NFL’s revenue …

Cadre

I love marketplace businesses. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best digital marketplace businesses in the world, both as an operator — for eBay and OpenTable — and as an investor, supporting the efforts of teams …

Hire a CFO

Many CEOs think the chief financial officer (CFO) is a utility position… and they’re dead wrong. It’s easy to see the CFO as a glorified “scorekeeper” reporting arrears on things like revenue, expenses, profit/losses, and cash flow/burn. But this work …

Hire a CMO

In a startup, the chief marketing officer (CMO) is usually one of two critical positions responsible for driving growth, alongside the head of sales. Essentially, CMOs are responsible for — and held accountable for metrics-wise — growing the company’s base …

LimeBike

Many industries wrestle with the “last mile” problem, where it’s often cost prohibitive to connect the final leg of something — like fiber optic cable or package delivery — beyond some central hub to individual homes and businesses. Public transportation, …

Accolade

My first corporate job after graduating from college was as an “employee benefits consultant” at Wausau Insurance companies. It wasn’t a particularly inspiring job, but I was lucky to get this job as I had graduated during a deep recession. …

a16z Podcast: Hall of Fame Football Meets Venture Capital

The NFL has descended upon Silicon Valley for Superbowl 50, and a16z was fortunate to have 30 of the world’s best football players post-up at the firm to talk about the intersection between the world of professional sports and venture capital. Joe Montana — yes, the hall of fame 49ers quarterback – joins a discussion with a16z’s Jeff Jordan and Ben Horowitz about their approaches to tech investing and the startup ecosystem, how they manage the risk involved (there’s plenty), and whether athletes and other high-profile folks can — and indeed should – get involved. Here’s one piece of common ground: The hardest thing for NFL legends and VC’s alike? Losing.

Managing Tensions In Online Marketplaces

A big part of managing two-sided marketplaces involves managing tensions between the two, often opposing “sides”. Typically these are consumers on one side and micro-entrepreneurs or small businesses on the other. Depending on the type of marketplace it is, this tension could be between buyers and sellers (Amazon, eBay, etc.); diners and reviewers and restaurants and establishments (OpenTable, Yelp); guests and hosts (Airbnb); riders & drivers (Lyft, Uber); and so on. So what should you do when you believe introducing a new product or feature will benefit the marketplace as a whole — but one or both of the sides have trouble seeing that big picture? Here are some tactics that I have deployed while managing different marketplaces… MORE

Online Marketplaces

Despite all the new forms that these marketplaces are taking today (compared to what I saw at eBay 10-15 years ago), I strongly believe that the same principles for managing them still apply.  MORE

Online Marketplaces

Despite all the new forms that these marketplaces are taking today (compared to what I saw at eBay 10-15 years ago), I strongly believe that the same principles for managing them still apply.  MORE

Online Video

YouTube does a fantastic job of generating zillions of video views for its community. Yet it does a relatively poor job of helping their users earn money. There hasn’t been any serious competition that can deliver viewers at such scale… Until now. MORE

Online Video

YouTube does a fantastic job of generating zillions of video views for its community. Yet it does a relatively poor job of helping their users earn money. There hasn’t been any serious competition that can deliver viewers at such scale… Until now. MORE

Crowdfunding

Until now, crowdfunding has mostly been an occasional, desktop sort of experience. We might back a new gadget launch or a charity a few times a year, but it’s not an everyday thing. With a smartphone in our pocket, however, we not only have access to crowdfunding platforms whenever we want, but to the crowd that comprises the various social circles of our lives. MORE