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."
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The Milky Way galaxy's wealthiest hard boiled egg, Marc Andreessen, is back with more words no one asked for. Now he's doubting the New Yorker's Jill Lepore is qualified to write about the American business cult of "disruption" with her measly PhD in American Studies from Yale and Harvard tenure. Good question, Marc.
There's a reason why Marc Andreessen is an esteemed venture capitalist, and you're not. Consider the savvy of his investments, the impossible sheen of his dome, the wisdom of his tweets—and, despite apparently having never read a book, just this morning he summarized human progress in just 17 parts.