Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz also known a16z has started releasing an online version of “Crypto Startup School,” a seven-week education course for industry entrepreneurs.
The first videos from a16z Crypto Startup School are now live! We’re excited to be partnering with @TechCrunch to bring you new lessons every Wednesday. Get tactical advice from experts on building a crypto business. First up: @cdixon & @danbonehhttps://t.co/Ysv1cKJXY8 — a16z (@a16z) May 13, 2020
The first talk was held by a16z general partner Chris Dixon, titled “Crypto Networks and Why They Matter,” arguing that blockchains can become the next major computing platform after smartphones and the web while unlocking many possibilities to entrepreneurs and developers worldwide.
When ambitious people have an economic incentive to work on computer science problems, computers get a lot better. That’s what’s happening with blockchain computers, says @cdixon at a16z #CryptoStartupSchool Watch Chris Dixon's talk here: https://t.co/g8X3l4i6F0 pic.twitter.com/pSFkgQ8NGE — a16z (@a16z) May 14, 2020
The second presentation was delivered by a professor in applied cryptography and computer security at Stanford University, Dan Boneh. Bohen discussed the cryptographic origins of blockchains and its basic features like private keys, mining, and zero-knowledge proofs.
The remaining 12 lectures, which are yet to be published, were held by Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, angel investor Balaji Srinivasan and the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency executive Brian Brooks, among others.
Lessons are free, open to all, and include: Crypto Networks and Why They Matter w/ @cdixon Blockchain Primitives: Cryptography and Consensus w/ @danboneh Applications: Today & 2025 w/ @balajis Setting Up & Scaling a Crypto Company w/ @brian_armstrong#cryptostartupschool — a16z (@a16z) May 13, 2020
“Crypto Startup School” took place from late February to mid-April in Menlo Park, California. The bootcamp was attended by 45 students from the U.S. and overseas, who were selected from “among thousands of applicants”.
Andreessen Horowitz is one of the key mainstream venture capital firms to operate in the space, as it has invested in major projects including Libra, Ripple, and Coinbase.