SAN FRANCISCO Dec 9 Balaji Srinivasan, the
cofounder of genetic-testing company Counsyl, is joining the
venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner,
Andreessen Horowitz said on Monday.
Srinivasan made his name around pre-pregnancy testing he
developed for various diseases. His interest in using technology
to solve physical predicaments will come into play at
"He's particularly enthusiastic about real world
applications where digital bits interface with physical atoms,"
Andreessen Horowitz said in a statement. His interests include
healthcare, education, Bitcoin, drones, and 3D printing, the
Srinivasan did not immediately respond to an email seeking
In July, the firm said that its partner John O'Farrell, who
joined Andreessen Horowitz as its third partner in 2010, would
be stepping down from his investment role.
Marc Andreessen, known as the co-founder of Internet pioneer
Netscape Communications Corp., and Ben Horowitz, together
co-founders of software-business Opsware, launched their venture
firm in 2009 with a $300 million fund. Last year, the firm
closed on a $1.5 billion fund.
Before Srinivasan, the firm's newest partner was
entrepreneur Chris Dixon, who joined late last year.