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Andreessen Horowitz成立首支加密货币基金

据外媒报道,美国顶级风险投资公司Andreessen Horowitz正在加倍押注加密货币。今年,比特币和其他加密货币的表现不佳。

Andreessen Horowitz周一宣布,已经为首只专门投资加密货币公司的基金募集3亿美元。在未来2到3年内,这只基金计划投资加密货币的各个领域,包括早期代币,以及比特币和以太坊等成熟网络。该基金持有这些投资的周期将达到10年。

Andreessen Horowitz一般合伙人Chris Dixon表示,该公司着眼于长期,并将对这个领域的投资保持耐心。

Dixon周一对CNBC表示:“我们在加密货币市场经历了起起伏伏,预计还会看见更多波动。技术是有潜力的,而市场下跌可能是最好的投资时机。”

他表示,这将是一只“全天候”基金,无论市场状况如何,都将展开长期的持续投资。即使今年比特币价格下跌预示了“加密货币寒冬”的来临,这只基金也将继续大举投资。

Dixon指出:“价格剧烈波动,我们认为这是个良机。我们的投资不会分阶段,而是将持续推进。”

Dixon将目前情况与2009年和2010年进行了类比。当时,有许多创业者和开发者正在开发智能手机应用。类似地,他将2018年视为加密货币“投资的黄金时代之一”。

2013年,Andreessen Horowitz在这个领域进行了首次投资,投资目标是Coinbase,到目前为止尚未出售任何有关加密货币的投资。Dixon表示,这只基金的投资标准很灵活,涵盖不同阶段、不同资产类型和不同国家的公司。

他指出:“我们相信,我们仍然处于加密货币运动的早期阶段。”

Andreessen Horowitz还将引入首位女性一般合伙人、美国司法部前联邦检察官Katie Haun负责这只基金。豪恩帮助启动了美国司法部首个加密货币政府工作组,并参与了首起与加密货币相关的重大案件,即黑市网站丝绸之路。她也是Coinbase的董事会成员,并在斯坦福法学院开设了首个与加密货币和信息犯罪相关的课程。

美国监管部门对加密货币的看法正在影响创业公司,因此Haun的背景将带来帮助。

美国证券交易委员会(SEC)主席Jay Clayton本月早些时候表示,比特币和以太坊不是证券。不过他表示,许多,但非全部的ICO是证券,因此将受到SEC和相关证券法的监管。克莱顿今年3月明确表示,所有ICO都是证券,并于周三重申“如果这是证券,我们就会监管”。

Haun表示,尽管Andreessen Horowitz正在与创业者合作处理监管问题,但公司的主要关注点仍然是创始团队,因为许多项目都基于底层协议,而许多项目还没有上线。

她说:“我们希望看到,加密货币技术能走过投机阶段,最终解决数十亿现实世界问题。我们可能将会投资目前尚未发明出来的东西。”

Top venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is doubling down on crypto, even as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have struggled to find footing this year.

The firm raised $300 million for its first-ever fund dedicated to crypto companies, Andreessen Horowitz announced Monday. Over two to three years, it plans to put that money in everything from early-stage coins and tokens, to later-stage networks like bitcoin or ethereum, and will hold those investments for up to 10 years.

Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, said the firm is taking a long-term and “patient” approach in the space.

“We’ve experienced ups and downs in the cryptocurrency market, and expect there will be many more,” Dixon told CNBC Monday. “There’s potential in the technology, and some of the downturns can be the best investments.”

He described it as an “all-weather” fund that they plan to invest consistently over time, regardless of market conditions. Even if bitcoin prices dropping 50 percent this year signaled a “crypto winter,” Andreessen Horowitz will keep investing aggressively, Dixon said.

“There are wild fluctuations in the price, and we see that as an opportunity,” Dixon said. “We’ve been unphased and investing consistently over time.”

Dixon drew parallels to 2009 and 2010, when there was an influx of entrepreneurs and developers working on smartphone apps. Similarly he pegged crypto in 2018 as "one of those great times to invest.”

Andreessen Horowitz made its first investment in the space through Coinbase in 2013, and has yet to sell any of its investments in crypto, the firm said. For this fund, investment criteria are flexible and will range across different stages, asset types and geographies, Dixon said.

“We believe we are still early in the crypto movement,” he said.

The Menlo Park-based company is also bringing on its first-ever female general partner, former U.S. Department of Justice federal prosecutor Katie Haun, to lead the new fund. Haun helped launch the Justice Department's first government task force for crypto, and worked on the first high-profile cryptocurrency-related case, Silk Road. She is also on the board of directors of Coinbase and taught Stanford Law School’s first-ever course on digital currency and cybercrime.

Haun's regulatory background should be especially helpful as start-ups grapple with how their cryptocurrencies could be seen by U.S. regulators.

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said earlier in June that bitcoin and ether are not securities. Still, many but not all initial coin offereings are securities and will come under the regulatory control of the SEC and relevant securities laws, he said. Clayton had made it clear in March that all ICOs constitute securities, and reiterated that Wednesday saying "if it's a security, we're regulating it."

While they’re working with entrepreneurs on regulation, Haun said the firm's main focus is on the team of founders, since many projects are based on an underlying protocol and some projects aren't live yet.

“We want to see crypto move on beyond speculation phase and see it solve eventually billions of real-world problems,” she said. “We may be investing in things that haven't been invented yet.”


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