Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

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Silicon Valley’s most talkative investor will bring his enterprise experience and connections to the makers of UberConference. Office cloud communications startup Dialpad today announced that Marc Andreessen is joining its board of directors. “The company’s hit its stride” Andreessen tells TechCrunch. He calls DialPad “A complete cloud, mobile business telephone system that makes all the old desk phones and PBX systems just obsolete and unnecessary.”

Marc’s fund Andreessen Horowitz led Dialpad’s $15 million Series B back in 2012 and he became an advisor, while one of the firm’s board partners, Slingbox founder Blake Krikorian, joined the board. About six months ago Andreessen planned to switch into the board seat with Krikorian becoming an advisor. But Krikorian tragically passed away in August, so Andreessen waited to announce assuming the board seat until now.


Andreessen’s background founding and running enterprise web hosting service Loudcloud during the dotcom bust could give Dialpad an advantage. The startup now has 25,000 customers including Uber, Motorola Solutions, Netflix, and Hillary Clinton for its products. Those include Dialpad, which lets businesses replace legacy desk phone systems with calls routed to employees’ own mobile phones, and UberConference, which simplifies conference calling.

Along with Andreessen, Dialpad’s board is now composed of the startup’s founders Craig Walker, John Rector, and Brian Peterson; GV partner Rich Miner, and Amasia parner John Kim. Dialpad’s 2015 $35 million Series C brought it to a total of $53 million in funding.

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