Martin Casado

Martin Casado


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Martin Casado is a General Partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on enterprise investing. He was previously the cofounder and chief technology officer at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. While at VMware, Martin was a fellow, and served as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit, which he scaled to a $600 million run-rate business by the time he left VMware in 2016.

Martin started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on large-scale simulations for the Department of Defense before moving over to work with the intelligence community on networking and cybersecurity. These experiences inspired his work at Stanford where he created the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, leading to a new paradigm of network virtualization. While at Stanford he also cofounded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006.

For his work, Martin was awarded both the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award and the NEC C&C award, and he’s an inductee of the Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame. He holds both a PhD and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Martin serves on the board of ActionIQ,, Astranis, Coactive, Convex, dbt Labs, Fivetran, Imply, Isovalent, Kong, Material Security, Metronome, Netlify, Orbit, Pindrop Security, Preset, Rasa, Tabular, Tackle, Tecton, Truffle, and Yubico (STO: Yubico).

Featured Content

  • To date, a handful of large companies have captured the value created by advances in AI. With generative AI, that’s changing.

  • Where We Go From Here New
    Mira Murati and Martin Casado

    As CTO of OpenAI, Mira Murati oversaw the development and release of GPT-4 and ChatGPT. Here she tells Martin Casado the story behind the release of ChatGPT—and what it tells us about the future of AI and human-machine interactions.

  • With generative AI, we’re already seeing use cases with orders-of-magnitude improvement in time, cost, and performance over previous AI waves.

  • Anjney Midha
    Martin Casado

    We’re thrilled to announce Anjney Midha will be joining a16z as a general partner to lead our growing AI efforts.

  • It’s Not a Computer, It’s a Companion!
    Justine Moore, Bryan Kim, Yoko Li, and Martin Casado

    Chatbots have been around for decades, but this time is different. Today’s bots are making inroads into our social lives.

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