Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | June 2014

Andreessen Horowitz

by Thomas Eisenmann


Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a venture capital firm launched in 2009, has quickly broken into the VC industry's top ranks, in terms of its ability to invest in Silicon Valley's most promising startups. The case recounts the firm's history; describes its co-founders' motivations and their strategy for disrupting an industry in the midst of dramatic structural change; and asks whether a16z's success to date has been due to its novel organization structure.

Keywords: Business Model; Venture Capital; Disruption; Organizational Structure; Entrepreneurship; Industry Structures; Service Industry; United States;


Eisenmann, Thomas. "Andreessen Horowitz." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 814-117, June 2014.