Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year.

While Silicon Valley superstar investor Marc Andreessen found wisdom in fellow venture capitalist Bill Gurley’s criticism of startups burning through money at a dizzying pace, it seems Andreessen has a big caveat.

Naturally, he banged out his thoughts in a series of tweets, in his now imitated style known as a tweetstorm.

Long tweetstorm short: Sometimes if you see a big opportunity as an investor, you’ve just got to put up the money, so the startup can spend like crazy and in time become a hit.

That thinking lines up with the spirit at many of the still privately owned companies that have taken on hefty multimillion-dollar funding rounds in the past couple of years, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Box, Cloudera, Dropbox, GitHub, Hortonworks, Lookout, Lyft, New Relic, and Pinterest.

In case you’re wondering, Andreessen’s venture firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested in Airbnb, Box, GitHub, Lookout, and Lyft, among others.

Read the tweetstorm for yourself and come to your own conclusions:


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member