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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 companies have been investing at unprecedented charges not too long ago and Andreessen Horowitz is among the business’s leaders making enormous returns on their investments.

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) basic accomplice Chris Dixon has topped the Forbes “Midas List” of the world’s finest 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 an April 12 report by the publication, Dixon turned the $350 million Crypto Fund I into realized and unrealized good points of $6 billion in 2021. That equates to an eye-watering 17.7x acquire based on “sources with knowledge of the fund’s financials.”

By comparability, the general cryptocurrency market itself solely managed a 200% acquire from $780 billion on January 1, 2021, to $2.3 trillion by the tip of December of the identical 12 months.

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 held a 15% stake following 14 extra funding rounds. The shares have 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 based on Crunchbase.

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

Dixon, who hardly ever seems for interviews, advised Forbes:

“My job is not to predict the future. My job is to be smart enough to know who the smart people 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 stated it deliberate to boost $3.5 billion for the fund, along with one other $1 billion for Web3 seed investments.

Journalist Alex Konrad stated that a16z “plans to roll back its crypto fund into the firm — making crypto core to its main funds, akin to cloud or the internet.”

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 undertaking could erode its decentralization. a16z’s holdings of the UNI tokens and sway in governance votes for  has been a selected problem. But both means, the crypto business’s most outstanding VC agency continues to be trying to find new funding alternatives within the sector.



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Crypto hedge fund big Pantera Capital is about to shut a blockchain fund subsequent month that’s backed by round $1.3 billion value of capital. The Pantera Blockchain Fund was introduced in May final 12 months, with plans to boost $600 million to put money into early-stage tokens, enterprise fairness, Web3 corporations and tokens with sturdy liquidity. It has since surpassed that concentrate on considerably, with the agency revealing final month that the fund had topped $1 billion. The newest $1.3 billion determine was famous throughout an April 12 investor convention name concerning the corporate’s new $200 million Pantera Select Fund that may again “growth stage” crypto corporations which might be able to generate income, versus corporations in early funding phases that being sought out through the Blockchain Fund. While a particular cut-off date for the fund wasn’t detailed, Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead advised it might be in early May: “We’re wrapping up the Blockchain Fund, I think it’s gonna be about $1.3 billion and over the next three or four weeks, and as some of the big institutions that have very detailed due diligence processes wrap up, we will be done with that fund.”Moving ahead, Morehead additionally famous that the corporate will then shift its focus to closing the Blockchain Fund II 2023, which can “essentially be the same” as the previous variation of the fund and look to acquire additional offers within the “early-stage private token space, and new deals in the early venture space.” “We will come back with a larger and more diversified and probably longer investment period growth-stage fund, in say 2024,” Morehead added. The Pantera Select Fund can also be anticipated to shut in early May with round $200 million value of capital. The agency said that the fund can be used to assist and scale corporations which might be already open for enterprise: “The Fund is expected to invest in about 10 companies over the next 18 months or so. We will primarily focus on more mature, revenue-generating companies than our typical Seed and Series A venture investments.”Pantera said that the fund will put money into corporations throughout a number of crypto sectors akin to blockchain infrastructure, nonfungible token (NFT) platforms, Web3 gaming, the Metaverse, exchanges and decentralized finance (DeFi). Related: Hedge fund report says Bitcoin value is ‘at a relatively inexpensive place’In the agency’s April 5 e-newsletter, the Pantera CEO additionally said that the funds can be “smaller, more targeted, and therefore more concentrated than a typical growth fund” as he emphasised his bullishness on having a number of offers already in place: “For the first time in our nine years, we have three very compelling growth-stage deals locked in all at the same time. That catalyzed us to offer a special fund to help Limited Partners gain exposure to these growth-stage deals plus seven to nine more we will invest in over the next year.”We at the moment are -56% under the 11-year exponential development pattern. The markets have hardly ever been so low-cost relative to the pattern.Crypto is undervalued in my view.More ideas right here: https://t.co/JKVGi8BHwR pic.twitter.com/95F32y6RPc— Dan Morehead (@dan_pantera) April 6, 2022

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