California-based venture capital (VC) firm Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”) has announced a free seven-week course for those interested in building a blockchain/crypto startup.

The VC firm founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz invests in “seed to late-stage technology companies, across the consumer, enterprise, bio/healthcare, crypto, and fintech spaces,” and it has “$10B in assets under management across multiple funds, including the $650M Bio funds, the $350M Crypto fund, and the Cultural Leadership Fund.”

In a blog post published on November 8, Chris Dixon, one of the firm’s general partners, said that 16z is excited about blockchain technology and the crypto projects it has inspired. He also said that a16z has been investing in the blockchain space for the past seven years. 

Dixon says that a16z’s “Crypto Startup School” is a seven-week educational program that runs from 21 February 2020 to 3 April 2020. Although the lectures in Menlo Park, California are only for those people whose applications for this course get accepted, later on, a16z plans to make available to everyone videos of these lectures as well as the course materials. 

Here are some of the main topics that a16z’s Crypto Startup School plans to cover: 

  • Overview of Application Development Tools
  • Crypto Business Models
  • Go-to-market Strategy and Developer Relations
  • Regulatory Landscape and Considerations
  • Guide to Fundraising

The mentors are well-known members of the crypto community, such as Jill Carlson, Spencer Noon, and Linda Xie.

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