Andreessen Horowitz taps 30-year-old partner Arianna Simpson to help run world’s largest crypto fund

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Andreessen Horowitz is adding a new, high-profile partner to help deploy its $2.2 billion cryptocurrency fund. Thirty-year-old Arianna Simpson is being promoted to general partner from deal partner roughly a year after joining, the company announced Monday. Simpson has become somewhat of a celebrity in the cryptocurrency world.

She left a global marketing job at and joined BitGo in her early 20s. Then she launched her own venture capital firm at age 24 to invest in blockchain and crypto companies. Friends and mentors advised her not to. “It was an unpopular decision,” Simpson told CNBC in an interview. “But the opportunity cost of not going into this industry was just too high.” Simpson said she was “blown away” after reading bitcoin’s white paper and thought it was “the most important innovation” of her lifetime. She continued researching cryptocurrencies and tried to convince Facebook to launch a crypto project before its foray into the space with Libra, now called Diem. more...