Andreessen Horowitz (a16Z), a Wallet Street Venture Capital company, is seeking investors for a $4.5 billion dual fund aimed at making significant investments in the bitcoin ecosystem.
According to the Financial Times, $3.5 billion will be set aside for its newest cryptocurrency business fund, with another $1 billion set aside for strategic investments in crypto firms seeking early finance.
Andreessen Horowitz, located in Silicon Valley, expects to raise the financing by March, roughly doubling the firm’s previous crypto fund of $2.2 billion.
While Wall Street is becoming more aware of the bitcoin industry’s potential, Andreessen Horowitz has long supported innovations and promising entrepreneurs in the developing world. According to Blockchain.News, the corporation hired Anthony Albanese, the head of the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) regulatory section, as its new chief regulatory officer, while simultaneously leading its flourishing cryptocurrency sector as far back as 2020. Kim Milosevich, a former Coinbase vice president of communication, will also join a16Z as chief marketing officer.
If the firm is able to raise the funds as reported, it will be the largest funds raised in the digital currency world, breaking the record currently held by Paradigm Capital, a joint venture between Coinbase’s Fred Erhsam and Sequoia Capital’s Huang that raised $2.5 billion in November last year to back startups in the fast-growing cryptocurrency ecosystem.
While the a16Z’s plans have not yet been made public, the business is well known in the ecosystem for a related fundraiser. In June of last year, the business raised $2.2 billion from investors to launch the Crypto Fund III, the largest at the time.
Andreessen Horowitz is well-known for being an early investor in large global corporations sauch as Meta Platforms Inc (previously Facebook Inc), Twitter, and Coinbase Global Inc. He has also made news for funding initiatives such as OpenSea, CryptoKitties, and Helium, among others. With the metaverse and NFT-related developments gaining traction, the planned $4.5 billion will undoubtedly be put to good use.