Lester Chen is a Wisconsin-born venture capitalist who built his career in videogames. He started his career competing professionally in the videogame franchise Halo while studying Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lester moved to Los Angeles to work at the early YouTube startup Machinima where he worked alongside the first generation of career Youtubers. Shortly thereafter, Lester transitioned to lead several business teams at YouTube where he eventually led the Global Gaming Partnerships team. At YouTube, Lester closed some of the largest landmark Gaming deals in streaming/content including working with Riot Games, Activision/Blizzard, Epic Games and Tencent. Among these deals were streaming deals with some of the largest gaming personalities/streamers like Ludwig, Valkyrae, Sykkuno, TimTheTatMan, and many more. Lester is currently a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he leads Gaming Creators and Content initiatives for the firm’s first Gaming fund, GAMES FUND ONE. While not playing and watching videogames, Lester enjoys spending time in Los Angeles with his wife and English bulldog. (Lester was named Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2018 and The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Rising Executives under 35 2022).
Andrew Chen is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, investing in early stage consumer startups — focused on the themes of games/entertainment, marketplaces, and next-gen social products.