Here’s Why Andreessen Horowitz Just Hired This Entrepreneur as a General Partner


In a blog  post, Ben Horowitz announces that Andreessen Horowitz’s newest General Partner is Lars Dalgaard, a multilingual founder who sold his last company, SuccessFactors, to SAP for $3.5 billion in 2011.

Lars has got the standard spectacular resume to be a big-time VC — in addition to running SuccessFactors, a Software-as-a-Service company, he also has an M.S. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and speaks 7 languages. But in a bit of contrarianism, Horowitz says that Dalgaard’s accomplishments are not what sealed the deal.

Instead, it’s the way he handled his last few days as CEO of SuccessFactors after the acquisition, and proved the mantra that “building a company … is about doing something larger than yourself.”

According to Horowitz, “When Lars’ last day finally came after 12 long years of building SuccessFactors, a long line of employees formed. There each team member waited patiently to tell him one last story, recall one last thrill and give him one more hug. One by one, they told him how they did it together and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.”

Awwwwwwww! Who would’ve thought bein’ a big ol’ softie was part of the requirement for working at Andreessen Horowitz?