Arianna Simpson | Founder of Autonomous Partners

Arianna Simpson is undoubtedly one of the top women in Crypto sphere, being a firm supporter and investor right from it’s early days. Today she is regarded as a social media personality for financial investment, and many seek her vast knowledge and industry insights in planning their investing portfolio.

From Arianna’s entrepreneurship roots, her early career timeline at Facebook & BitGo, to her future investment plans in startups that unite crypto with gaming, we’ll look into the charismatic leader’s journey in this article. We’ll also try to know about Arianna Simpson’s Bio, Family, interests as well as her net worth in 2023.

Quick Info

Name AriannaSimpson
Known ForFounder of Autonomous Partners,
General Partner at a16z,
Earlier – Bitgo, Facebook
Current ResidenceSan Francisco
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Investment partner
Net Worth $10-15 Million USD
Email[email protected]


Arianna Simpson was born and grew up in Milan, Italy and completed her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program from American School of Milan, Italy. She then moved back to the states and completed her graduation from the Pennsylvania State University.

She holds a B.A. (bachelor’s of Arts) degree in International Politics and Spanish and was part of Schreyer Honors College (SHC) at Penn State. She was the Chief Copy Editor for – a Penn State’s blog and Co-founder and Exective Editor of the “Penn State Journal of International Affairs”, amongst her many accomplishments at the university.


Being grew up going back and forth between Italy and the U.S, Arianna was quite a fashionista herself. So, right after her college, she rode her motorcycle from Pennsylvania to New York City to meet “Olga Vidisheva” – Founder & CEO of “Shoptiques” – only a startup at that time.

The startup has just begin in spring of 2012 and was only a 10 member team but Arianna impressed them and was made director of boutique operations. Her job role at Shoptiques was to grow customer base through marketing, managing partner boutiques and even fulfill delivery service on occasions.

From November 2013 to July 2014, Arianna worked as a “Client Solutions Manager” for Facebook in New York. While working in Facebook, she got an opportunity to visit Namibia and Zimbabwe and it is there the seed for involvement in crypto space were sown.

After witnessing the effects of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe, Arianna did an extensive research into the topic, which led to Cryptocurrency. After reading the Bitcoin’s white paper, she knew in which direction she have to steer her career.

Blockchain Journey

Still in her early twenties, Arianna Simpson left her job at Facebook and joined “BitGo” – still a startup in multi-signature bitcoin wallet service. She worked at BitGo for a year from 2014 to 2015, before launching her own venture capital firm “Crystal Towers Capital”, at the age of 24.

The Venture Capital Fund is an early-stage fund investing primarily in YC companies and is based out of Mountain View, California. Arianna Simpson is still an active angel investor and a Venture Partner at Crystal Towers Capital.

She then founded her second firm “Autonomous Partners” – an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Arianna is the managing director at Autonomous Partners and has backed Celo coin during the early 2018 bearish market, a fruitful investment.

In July 2020, Arianna joined “Andreessen Horowitz” – an American venture capital firm, as a deal partner. And a year later in July 2021, she was promoted to general partner, where she was responsible for deploying the firm’s $2.2 billion cryptocurrency fund.

As an a16z Crypto partner and author, her blogs on decentralized applications, investment in Optimism (an Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution), investment in Eco, Talos, Valora, Yield Guild Games, Forta, Axie Infinity, Mythical Games and MEM Protocol, are quite insightful.

Net Worth

For her contribution as a young superstar transforming business at the leading edge of finance and technology, Arianna was listed and ranked 35 in “The Ledger 40 Under 40” list by Fortune magazine in 2018. She put over 50% of her net worth into Bitcoin back in 2014, and her net worth in 2023 is estimated to be around $5-10 Million USD.

Personal Life and Interests

Arianna is 33 years of age as of 2024 and has a beautiful family of four, including a younger brother. Her mother’s name is Daniela Ciceri, a teacher of performing arts who lives in in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Arianna is an avid traveler and adventurer, who likes Motorbikes, Horse riding and Hiking. Till now, she has traveled to Swakopmund (Namibia), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve (South Africa), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Vezza d’Oglio & Lake Iseo (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Järna & Stockholm (Sweden).

She is also a bibliophile and aims to read a lots of books each year, especially inspirational non-fiction and financial success stories. Some of her absolute favorites are: “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover, “The Courage to Be Disliked” by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi, “Masters of Doom” by David Kushner, “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, “More Money Than God” by Sebastian Mallaby, “The Unwinding of the Miracle” by Julie Yip-Williams, “The Everything Store” by Brad Stone, “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl, “Stoner” by John Williams, “eBoys” by Randall E. Stross, “The Innovators” by Walter Isaacson, “The Spider Network” by David Enrich, “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi and “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond etc.

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