Venture financing is evolving and so are the high growth companies that seek alternatives to traditional venture capital. Recently, Andreessen-Horowitz renounced its VC exemptions to register as a financial advisor. And in a surprising decision by the marketing-savvy group of investors, the shift to financial advisory means a few key changes: regulator personnel hires, employee audits, and perhaps the most impactful evolution – A16Z can no longer advertise its investments on Twitter, LinkedIn, podcasts, or mainstream media. The impact of this pivot may take cycles to recognize. But within another tangent of an evolving industry – Clearbanc who hopes to have an immediate impact on startups in the eCommerce industry and beyond.
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