From rap legend to venture capitalist

Nas’s debut album “Illmatic” is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all times.

I’d like to share some news about what he’s been up to outside of the music industry though.

Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz encouraged Nas to open his own VC firm. As a result, in 2014 Nas becomes a founding member of QueensBridge Venture Partners, a tech venture capital fund.

Some of their early investments:

– Robinhood
– Coinbase
– Lyft
– Dropbox
– Bevel (sold to P&G)
– Ring (sold to Amazon for $1.1B)
– PillPack (sold to Walmart for ~$1B)
– HouseParty (sold to Epic)
– LANDR (a startup that uses big data and artificial intelligence to produce music)

Nas’ investment philosophy?

“People. That is the absolute No. 1. I love to bet on great people that inspire me and make me think or see things differently.”

🎵 If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)…

Corina Balaneanu

Founder, Innovation Partnership

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