We’ve defined network effects — from what they are and aren’t to how to measure and manage them in practice — but network effects have still always been hotly debated: Where are they, are they real, are they enduring… and so on.
So in this second video of our three-part miniseries on network effects, a16z operating partner Frank Chen sets up some quick lightning-round style debates between a16z consumer deal & investing team partners D’Arcy Coolican and Li Jin to discuss categories such as cities, food delivery, social networks, and more.
D'Arcy Coolican Prior to joining a16z, he co-founded Frank, a social lending platform that used behavioral economics to make it easy to lend and borrow money with friends and family. He began his career at McKinsey & Co, where he was an engagement manager in the TMT practice.
Frank Chen currently leads the a16z Seed Program, which helps early stage (typically pre-seed, seed, and Series A) founders build great companies on their way to their next fundraise.