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The move by the a16z venture capital outfit to raise funds to invest in Web3.0 and metaverse focused innovations has a very subtle link with Facebook Inc’s rebrand to Meta Platforms Inc.
Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is reportedly talking to investors about its plans to raise the sum of $4.5 billion for two of its new funds. First reported by the Financial Times who cited people with knowledge of the discussions, the venture capital firm is looking to specifically raise $3.5 billion for its venture fund, while another $1 billion will be raised for its seed investments in the web3 space.
It is not uncommon to have mainstream venture capital firms pump liquidity into the digital currency ecosystem. In fact, this has been the trend for the past couple of years. Most major corporations are operating based on the ideology that the easiest way to join the emerging world of Web3.0 and its associated crypto innovations is to invest in startups.
Billed to finalize the fundraise by March, the fund will arguably be the biggest the crypto-ecosystem has seen. Andreessen Horowitz is not a stranger in pulling funds for crypto startup investments. Back in June 2021, Coinspeaker reported that the company raised the sum of $2.2 billion for its Crypto Fund III, the largest ever seen in the ecosystem at the time.
“The largest crypto fund ever raised to date, Crypto Fund III is a validating moment for the ecosystem and another sign that crypto becoming an ever more mainstream part of our financial infrastructure.”
Paradigm Capital, the VC outfit co-founded by Fred Ehrsam, and Sequoia Capital’s Matt Huang also floated the $2.5 billion Fund back in November, breaking the previous record established by Andreessen Horowitz. With what comes off as competition amongst these Venture Capital firms, the nascent cryptocurrency industry is notably matching up with these funding raises as many new innovative protocols, set to take on the next evolution of the internet have continued to emerge.
Venture Capital a16z Fundraise and Other Web3.0 Engagement Models
The move by the a16z venture capital outfit to raise funds to invest in Web3.0 and metaverse focused innovations has a very subtle link with Facebook Inc’s rebrand to Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: FB), a company that established a whole new engagement model for the growing blockchain ecosystem.
Rather than just pump money and sit on the sidelines of the crypto innovations, Meta Platforms wants to be amongst the chief pioneers of the industry and is exploring avenues to recreate social interactions such that they will now be taking place in the metaverse. The metaverse is a virtual space where humans can carry out all of their real-life activities, but with their digital avatars.
While no one knows in detail the exact model with which Meta Platforms Inc will monetize these metaverse-focused innovations, the move certainly plugs the company into the heart of the drive that other crypto-focused startups are looking at to spearhead related innovations.