Kristin Thayer graduated in 2008 with majors in Accounting and Entrepreneurship. During her time as an undergraduate student, Kristin was also a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Students Consulting for Non-Profit, and Accounting Association. Kristin also started a company called BarTab through the Entrepreneurship program. And on top of all that, Kristin received the Outstanding Senior in Accounting recognition for her graduating class.
What are you doing these days?
I am a Partner on the Market Development team at Andreessen Horowitz, where I am tasked with helping portfolio companies accelerate growth and time-to-market. I work closely with portfolio companies like Buzzfeed, Pinterest, and Fiftythree to build partnerships, advise on strategic initiatives, and find new business opportunities. I also lead the Market Development team’s east coast efforts from New York City, where I work closely with C-level executives from global 1000 companies on their innovation agendas. Outside of work, I love to run, read the New York Times, travel, and can’t wait for the next season of House of Cards!
What has your journey been like since graduating from Eller?
After finishing at Eller in 2008, I moved to Palo Alto with the intention of only staying a summer, but loved the energy and opportunities and ended up joining Facebook that fall. At the time, Facebook was a small company, but was a product I was excited about (e.g. I built an app using the Facebook Platform while I was at U of A) and the employees were talented and passionate about the product they were building. As the company grew quickly over the following years, I got to try different roles and functions and developed many skill sets and met a lot of great people, including some of my current best friends. I spent my last year at Facebook managing our partnerships around the London 2012 Olympics and left Facebook to go to business school at Stanford University in late 2012. While in school, I missed working at a technology company, so I decided to intern for a venture capital fund so that I could meet many start ups across industries and learn more about their businesses. This brought me to Andreessen Horowitz, where I still work today (although I’m not longer an intern 🙂 I graduated with my MBA in June and joined the firm full time as our first employee in New York City!)
Do you have any advice for students?
Optimize for working with the best people you can find early in your career- people that will teach you a lot and help you develop early habits and values as a professional, and that you want to become the foundation of your network going forward.