This is episode #3 of our new show, 16 Minutes, where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way — why they’re in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech — and share our experts’ views on these trends as well.
This week we do a short but deep dive on esports, given recent news of the inaugural Fortnite World Cup champion, and how this all fits into the broader trends in gaming, social networks, and the future of entertainment.
Our a16z experts in this episode are general partner Andrew Chen and investing team partner D’Arcy Coolican, both of the consumer vertical, in conversation with host Sonal Chokshi.
Andrew Chen is a general partner and founding investor of A16Z GAMES at Andreessen Horowitz, where he focuses on metaverse, VR/AR, and gaming investments.
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.
Sonal Chokshi is Editor in Chief of Crypto at Andreessen Horowitz.
16 minutes is a short news podcast covering the top headlines of the week, separating what’s real from what’s hype.