Andreessen Horowitz Hires Anish Acharya as a General Partner With Focus on Fintech: Term Sheet
Andreessen Horowitz just appointed its 16th general partner. Anish Acharya will join the venture capital firm as a general partner focused on fintech investing.
Acharya is a serial entrepreneur who sold his first company to Google and his second to Credit Karma. During his four years at Google, he was a product manager before making his first foray in the investing world. Acharya became a partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures) in 2012 focusing on gaming and the consumer internet.
“I was thankful for that experience because I got to work on a bunch of different sectors,” Acharya told Term Sheet. “But I was still hungry at the time, and I still wanted to build companies.”
Acharya moved into an entrepreneur in residence role within Google and began working on a new mobile notifications startup that he sold to Credit Karma in 2015. After four years at the company, Acharya most recently served as the vice president of product management at Credit Karma. Acharya told Term Sheet his move to Andreessen Horowitz was opportunistic and that he was already friendly with several of the firm’s partners.
“Credit Karma is an iconic company,” said Andreessen Horowitz general partner Alex Rampell. “Anish, who was the product mind behind it, really had to understand everything going on in fintech across the globe. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the space.”
Andreessen Horowitz has been beefing up its fintech investment unit as of late. There are now three general partners — Acharya, Rampell, and Angela Strange — who focus on the sector, and their most recent investments include Tally, Synapse, ADDI, and Sentilink.
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