Margit Wennmachers

Margit Wennmachers

Operating Partner

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Margit Wennmachers is the head of marketing at a16z. She joined the firm in 2010, after representing and launching Andreessen Horowitz in 2008. Best known for her ability to create market-leading brands, Margit is a16z’s chief marketer, advising the firm and its entrepreneurs on their marketing and communications strategies.

An entrepreneur herself, in 1997, Margit cofounded the leading marketing and communications firm, The OutCast Agency, who today partners with leaders and disruptors like Airbnb, Amazon, Box, Facebook, HBO, Instagram, Intuit, Lyft, Nike, and more.

Margit has been in technology marketing for over 25 years and is a mentor to many leaders in the technology and marketing industries. She has advised countless founders and CEOs, consulted on hundreds of company and product launches, as well as scrubbed in on more crises than she’d care to reveal.

She spent her childhood in a small village in West Germany before emigrating to the United States. She speaks English, German, Spanish, and French. She serves on the board of the German Marshall Fund, a non-partisan policy organization committed to the idea that the United States and Europe are stronger together. Margit loves being a mom, eating delicious food, and traveling all over creation.

Featured Content

  • a16z Podcast: Brand Building Ideas… and People
    Margit Wennmachers and Sonal Chokshi

    Many technical founders, academics, and other experts often believe that great products — or great ideas! — sell themselves, without any extra effort or marketing. But in reality, they often need PR (public r...

  • a16z Podcast: How to Manage a PR Agency
    Shannon (Stubo) Brayton, Margit Wennmachers, and Sonal Chokshi

    One of the company building topics that’s surprisingly mystifying is PR — and only surprising since so much of the strategy and tactics behind public relations are actually hidden from public view. We’ve tr...

  • Andreessen Horowitz operating partner Margit Wennmachers shares the founding story of OutCast, the PR agency she co-founded (acquired in 2005); her history as one of its first operating partners at a16z (and what makes i...

  • a16z Podcast: Boards, from Both Sides of the Table
    Jennifer Tejada and Margit Wennmachers

    A board veteran who has sat on both sides of the table, CEO of PagerDuty Jennifer Tejada shares what you gain from board membership (vs. being only an operator). How does being a board member change you as a CEO, and vic...

  • a16z Podcast: Crisis Communications
    Kim Milosevich, Margit Wennmachers, and Sonal Chokshi

    A crisis is an opportunity to change one’s culture, to model scenarios and set up a crisis plan/process, to become a better company. But it’s also a bit like therapy, from the act of asking probing questions...

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