My name is Jesse Walden. I am a partner on the investment team at Andreessen Horowitz, a VC firm.
I grew up in and around NYC: born in Manhattan, learned to ride a bike in Queens, and went to high school in Great Neck. I moved to Montreal, Canada to attend McGill University, where I graduated with a B.A. in Art History and Economics.
While in school, I started a number of businesses derived from my sophomoric web/photoshop skills. Most aligned with my obsession with music I was digging on the internet. The first was a web design company, which led to flyers and newsletters for parties. I advanced from parties to concerts at a time when Montreal had an extremely special music scene. It was partly why I stuck around, learned French, and became a permanent resident of Canada. While running events, I started a complimentary tech co—a social tool for RSVPs and event promotions.
When I moved back to NYC in 2012, I co-founded an artist management company focused on helping artists stay independent by engaging their fans directly online. It was a privilege to work with artists I consider generational talents, including Solange Knowles, Blood Orange, Majical Cloudz and many more. That crew also helped to launch Boiler Room in North America, where we pioneered live-streamed performances to online audiences.
In 2013, learning about Bitcoin sparked the ideas that led to Mediachain, a decentralized media attribution protocol I co-founded in 2014. Mediachain Labs was ultimately acquired by Spotify in 2017, where I was a Product Manager in Creator R&D.