|Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz of Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz|
In discussing the unique aspects of A.H., the article explores the relationship between the firm and the model originated by Michael Ovitz at CAA:
"When Andreessen and Horowitz came together in 2009 to start a firm after their time together at Opsware, they focused on recreating a talent management model like the one pioneered by Michael Ovitz, the founder of Creative Artists Agency. Akin to CAA, yet unlike traditional venture capital firms, A.H. employs dozens of people whose job it is build relationships with people who can help Andreessen Horowitz companies. In Hollywood, Ovitz’s model of talent management, agents spend a great deal of time building up their clients and developing their talents; the focus is on using relationships to advance the talent’s best interests. A.H. puts that model into motion to support all that it does to source, develop, and support entrepreneurial ventures."
Much of Horowitz's philosophy is captured in his recent book The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, "well-received by everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to The Economist magazine." In May Ovitz hosted a party at his Beverly Hills estate celebrating the new book - read the full coverage here. Guests included MC Hammer, Nas, Kanye West, and many others.
Read the entire Medium article, How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley