After a tough slog through 2016, tech startups (at least the good ones) have reason to be optimistic heading into the new year, says Scott Kupor, managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz. IPO activity has started to pick up and investors are writing checks again though they’re being pickier than in prior years, all of which points to a healthy, if prudent, 2017. Kupor should know — he’s been running powerhouse venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, based in Menlo Park, since its inception in 2009.
Kupor sat down with this newspaper to discuss which investments he’ll jump on in 2017 (artificial intelligence, all the way), which he might skip (on-demand delivery services) and what he would do if he weren’t a venture capitalist (sing country music in Nashville). [ SiliconValley ]