Hey, youngsters! Who desires to go to crypto college!?
Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley enterprise capital fund, immediately introduced the “a16z Crypto Startup School,” a free, seven-week lengthy blockchain schooling program for technologists fascinated with beginning a blockchain venture. Chalks hit blackboards in late February, 2020, and functions for its first batch open immediately.
Through lectures, workshops, mentor workplace hours and networking, 40 college students will find out about constructing a crypto-startup, cryptoeconomics, primary blockchain computing ideas, and the most recent laws.
It’s solely fifteen hours per week and no prior crypto expertise is critical. If you’re a technologist with expertise in constructing software program merchandise, a “passion for learning about crypto” and an curiosity in “starting or joining” a blockchain venture—you’re eligible.
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The enterprise capital agency was the primary main participant in Silicon Valley to get into crypto. Among different issues, it invested $25 million in Coinbase in 2013 and adopted on with one other spherical final 12 months. It additionally helped elevate $163 million in two rounds of funding for Ethereum competitor Dfinity.
The college’s mentors embrace Morgan Beller, head of technique at Calibra; Jacob Horne, a product lead at Coinbase; and Ali Yahya, a associate at Andreessen Horowitz. Companies together with Galaxy Digital, Polychain, Scalar, and Dragonfly Capital, even have mentors attending.
At the tip of this system, the varsity will host a demo day for college students to point out off their venture concepts, enterprise plans, or prototypes.
But caveat emptor, crypto kiddies: “participation in Crypto Startup School in no way guarantees investment” from the agency. But, with 19 mentors from enterprise capital companies, funding funds, or corporations which have funding arms, it could’t damage.