Marc Andreessen, left, and Ben Horowitz. Photos by AP; Bloomberg
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Venture Capital Markets

Why Andreessen Horowitz Might Go Public

Photo: Marc Andreessen, left, and Ben Horowitz. Photos by AP; Bloomberg

Historically, VC firms were too small to go public. But that may soon change.

Amid a massive upheaval in venture capital, the largest firms are starting to look more like public companies in size and structure. Among them, Andreessen Horowitz stands out. I predict it will prepare to go public as early as next year.

A public listing would accelerate an expansion at the firm that is already underway. In the past three years, Andreessen Horowitz has raised $12 billion, among the most for Silicon Valley VC firms, and is set to raise another $6.5 billion. The number of people working on its investment staff has increased 170% to 70 in the last four years, topping rivals like Sequoia Capital and Accel. And it has multiplied the number of funds focused on specific industries like crypto, biotech, and gaming.

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