My name is Jesse Walden. I am a VC at Andreessen Horowitz.
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, all of which derived from self-taught and sophomoric web/photoshop skills, plus an obsession with music I was digging for on the internet. The first business was a web design company, which led to designing newsletters and flyers for parties. From there, I decided to start my own party and concert promotion operation, and then a complimentary platform to manage social contests and event guest- lists. Montreal had an extremely special music scene at that time, which was partly why I stuck around, learned French, and became a permanent resident of Canada.
When I moved back to NYC in 2012, I co-founded an artist management company focused on helping independent artists engage their fans directly on the internet. 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 behind Mediachain, a decentralized media attribution protocol I co-founded in 2014. The company, Mediachain Labs was later acquired by Spotify, where I was a Product Manager in Creator R&D.
In 2018, I joined Andreessen Horowitz to take a wider view of decentralized networks and helped to spin out a16z crypto, a venture fund dedicated to investing in blockchain computing and applications.