Andreessen Horowitz taps new GP for crypto fund

Arianna Simpson, who joined the firm last year, has been investing in crypto companies since 2015.

Andreessen Horowitz has appointed Arianna Simpson as a new general partner for its crypto fund, the company announced in a blog post.

Simpson joined Andreessen Horowitz in March last year as a deal partner.

Simpson has been interested in crypto since 2013 after learning about it in the context of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe. It was her catalyst to leave her job with Facebook, joining digital asset platform BitGo.

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She then started her own investment fund, Autonomous Partners, which focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She also helped launch the early-stage fund Crystal Towers Capital in 2015.

With Autonomous, Simpson was a co-investor with Andreessen Horowitz in companies such as Celo, Dapper Labs and Maker. In addition, as a deal partner for AH, she invested in fintech and crypto platform Eco, Ethereum scaling solution Optimism and digital asset trading infrastructure provider Talos.

“Arianna has been writing and video blogging about crypto for over seven years – long before the technology was taken as seriously as it is today,” the firm said in the blog post. “She is a veteran of several crypto cycles which makes her an incredible asset to teams learning how to operate and innovate in an industry with so many ups and downs.”

Andreessen Horowitz has been investing in crypto since 2013 and is one of the investors in the popular crypto-trading platform Coinbase. It announced it raised $2.2 billion for its third crypto fund in June.