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a16z’s Chris Dixon tops ‘Midas List’ by turning $350M into $6B in 2021

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Crypto enterprise capital corporations have been investing at unprecedented charges just lately, and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is without doubt one of the business’s leaders making enormous returns on their investments.

Andreessen Horowitz common companion Chris Dixon has topped the Forbes “Midas List” of the world’s greatest enterprise capital traders in 2022.

Seldom does a crypto or Web3 funding spherical finalize with out a16z being concerned one way or the other. According to a Tuesday report, Dixon turned the $350 million Crypto Fund I into realized and unrealized beneficial properties of $6 billion in 2021. That equates to an eye-watering 17.7x achieve, based on “sources with information of the fund’s financials.”

By comparability, the general cryptocurrency market itself solely managed a 200% achieve from $780 billion on January 1, 2021, to $2.3 trillion by the top of December 2021.

A16z bought into crypto early, main a $25 million funding spherical into Coinbase in 2013. By the time Coinbase went public in April 2021, the agency had held a 15% stake following 14 extra funding rounds. The shares had been price $10 billion on the primary day of buying and selling, leading to a 60x return for the corporate. However, this was a number of years earlier than Dixon’s crypto fund was launched in June 2018, with $300 million raised in whole on the time, in accordance to Crunchbase.

There have been different notable investments by a16z together with decentralized trade Uniswap, the Avalanche blockchain, nonfungible token (NFT) creator Dapper Labs and Ethereum staking platform Lido, all of which have surged in valuation or collateral since.

Dixon, who not often seems for interviews, advised Forbes:

“My job is to not predict the long run. My job is to be sensible sufficient to know who the sensible persons are who will.”

The firm is at present elevating funds for the world’s largest crypto fund, price a whopping $4.5 billion. In January, the agency mentioned it deliberate to boost $3.5 billion for the fund, along with one other $1 billion for Web3 seed investments.

Journalist Alex Konrad mentioned that a16z “plans to roll again its crypto fund into the agency — making crypto core to its important funds, akin to cloud or the web.”

Related: Venture capital 12 months in evaluate 2021: Cointelegraph Research Terminal

Concerns have been raised by some crypto business observers that an excessive amount of enterprise capital involvement and funding in a challenge could erode its decentralization. A16z’s holdings of the UNI tokens and sway in governance votes for has been a specific challenge. But, both method, the crypto business’s most outstanding VC agency continues to be looking for new funding alternatives within the sector.

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