Andreessen Horowitz is bullish on the latest resurgence in hardware startups. The company has backed Shapeways and Airware, a 3D printing company and a drone company.
But Marc Andreessen is very cautious in his optimism about the sector. “The problem is that hardware companies are much harder to build and scale than software companies,” he said at PandoMonthly in San Francisco this evening. “Even with Kickstarter, even with China, there are so many ways hardware can blow up in a non-recoverable way.”
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