Move over, TechCrunch: Andreessen Horowitz goes into tech publishing with the launch of Future.com
Today, venture firm Andreessen Horowitz is officially launching its media outlet Future.com, a new tech platform that explores how technology is transforming our world—from crypto and biology to gaming and social networks.
The new Future brand was launched on a subdomain of the Andreesen Horowtiz website. A visit to Future.com automatically redirects users to the subdomain Future.a16z.com. “Technology, innovation, and the future, as told by those building it,” the firm said on its website.
A cursory look at the site shows that the initial publication currently focuses on topics relating to areas that the firm invests in. According to TechCrunch, which first spotted the site, Andreessen Horowitz plans to “expand over time using a mix of full-time staff, paid contributors and industry operators like founders, academics, and entrepreneurs.”
Margit Wennmachers, Operating Partner, Marketing and Future at Andreessen Horowitz told TechCrunch the Future.com that is launching today is an MVP version (on a subdomain initially) of what the firm hopes the publication will be eventually.
Funded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz (also called a16z) is one of the most influential investors in the world. The firm invests in both early-stage start-ups and established growth companies. Its investments span the mobile, gaming, social, e-commerce, education, and enterprise IT (including cloud computing, security, and software as a service) industries.
In 2011, for example, Andreessen Horowitz invested $80 million in Twitter, becoming the first venture firm that held stock in all four of the highest-valued, privately held social media companies at the time: Facebook, Groupon, Twitter, and Zynga. The firm also invested in Airbnb, Lytro, Jawbone, Belly, Foursquare, Stripe, and other high-tech companies. Early this year, the firm led a $100 million Series B investment in the popular audio-chat social networking app Clubhouse, reportedly valuing the startup at $1 billion.