In October we reached a big milestone: we welcomed 1 million new passengers to the Lyft platform! With big plans for the new year, we are excited to welcome Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz to Lyft’s Board of Directors.
Andreessen Horowitz invested in Lyft in May of 2013. At that time, we were completing 120,000 rides a month. In October of this year, the Lyft community provided over 17 million rides — and the partnership with Ben and the a16z team has been a tremendous boost to this 140x growth.
Ben is one of the world’s most respected company builders and investors, and having him on our board will bring big benefits to the entire team.
Prior to co-founding a16z with partner Marc Andreessen, Ben was Co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 for $1.6 billion. Before that, he was Vice President of America Online’s e-commerce division. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications serving as Vice President of the company’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Ben has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Ben joins Lyft Co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer, GM President Dan Ammann, Icahn Capital’s Jonathan Christodoro, investor and former Trulia CFO Sean Aggarwal, Rakuten's Hiroshi Mikitani, and Floodgate Fund’s Ann Miura-Ko on the Lyft board, all of whom share our vision of bringing people together through better transportation.
Welcome, Ben. We look forward to continuing to grow our impact together!