Last night Andreessen Horowitz, the same venture capital firm that invested in Facebook and Twitter, announced a $50 million investment in BuzzFeed that presumes the value of the company to be $850 million. General partner Chris Dixon compared BuzzFeed to Tesla, Uber, and Netflix because of its deep emphasis on technology and "world-class systems for analytics, advertising, and content management."
It's possible that in the near future, we'll print out new organs, phones, and hot dogs, with 3D printers in our own homes. But for now, the super-trendy cottage industry is confined to silly bric-à-brac: plastic cufflinks, toy cars, and whatever this thing is. Shapeways, startup purveyor of these wares, just netted a big bundle of cash.