Margit Wennmachers is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a preeminent Silicon Valley venture capital firm with investments in marquee companies such as Airbnb, Facebook, Nicira, Slack, Tanium, Walker and Company Brands, and Zenefits. Best known for her ability to create market-leading brands, Margit is a16z's chief marketer advising the firm and entrepreneurs on their communications and marketing strategies. An entrepreneur herself, in 1997, Margit cofounded the leading marketing and communications firm, The OutCast Agency, who today partners with leaders and disruptors like Amazon, Box, General Electric, Instagram, Lyft, Oculus, Spotify, and more. She has been in technology marketing for 20+ years, is a mentor to countless individuals in the technology and marketing industries, and serves on the board of the World Affairs Council. For her many contributions over the years, the German American Business Association (GABA) awarded her the 2016 Award of Excellence.