Venture Capital behemoth Andreessen Horowitz announced its first office outside the U.S. set to open later this year.
The A16z office led by General Partner, Sriram Krishnan will be stationed in London as a strategic investment point for growing the UK’s web3 ecosystem.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak praised the move as the nation looks to develop into a global hub for blockchain innovation and Web3 businesses.
Andreessen Horowitz (A16z) announced a London office scheduled to open later in the year amid growing crypto regulatory uncertainty in the U.S.
The London office is A16z’s first office outside the U.S. and will be led by general partner Sriram Krishnan. According to the venture capital heavyweight, London serves as an aqueduct for funding and growing the UK’s burgeoning Web3 ecosystem.
A16z also noted the UK’s efforts towards introducing clear rules for crypto and bringing Web3 innovation under the purview of financial regulatory oversight.
“We believe that the UK is on the right path to becoming a leader in crypto regulation,” A16z said, adding that there is still work to be done to achieve this vision.
The UK also has deep pools of talent, world-leading academic institutions, and a strong entrepreneurial culture. It is home to more “unicorns” than Germany, France, and Sweden combined; to some of the world’s largest financial markets and pools of capital; and to highly-sophisticated, world-class regulators. All of these make the UK strongly positioned to lead in web3.
The Venture Capital giant already opened its pockets to UK Web3 projects, recently leading a $43 million Series A for Gensyn. Gensyn provides computing power for artificial intelligence (AI) projects by harnessing blockchain technology.
Notably, A16z’s expansion to the UK does not mean the company plans to abandon the U.S. Instead the venture capitalist plans to explore other markets while lobbying for clearer crypto rules in the U.S.
Be Welcome A16z, Prime Minister Sunak Praises UK Expansion
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hailed the move as a step toward growing the UK into a global Web3 innovation hub.
Last year, PM Sunak pushed for crypto regulations in a bid to position the UK as a leader in blockchain and crypto development. Policymakers in the UK have since reviewed advertising rules and licensing regimes to protect investors without stifling growth within the local Web3 economy.
We must embrace new innovations like Web3, powered by blockchain technology, which will enable start-ups to flourish here and grow the economy.