Working with the world's pre-eminent digital brands, including Facebook, Foursquare, Airbnb, and, most recently, Buzzfeed, VC firm Andreessen Horowitz has built a strong and well-known brand in its own right. But it is also the founders' media savvy that has built the brand. Co-founder Marc Andreessen is a pioneering software engineer while other co-founder Ben Horowitz's open and honest blog posts are popular with those who follow the fintech scene. As such, the firm attracts a great deal of attention due to its high-profile investments, the communications around which are handled by spokesperson and marketing partner Grace Ellis.
Ellis joined the VC firm three-and-a-half years ago from video media site Blinkx, where she was a senior marketing manager for four years. Before this, Ellis handled PR for tech clients at OutCast – the agency co-founded by Andreessen Horowitz partner Margit Wennmachers.