This is a crossover episode between Founder Real Talk and Evolving for the Next Billion and is co-hosted by GGV Managing Partners, Glenn Solomon and Hans Tung.
Josh Silverman has been the CEO of Etsy since 2017. Etsy is an innovative online marketplace that connects millions of creative sellers and buyers around the world. Etsy’s mission is to“keep commerce human” and it’s become the global destination for unique and creative goods. The company has 3.1 million active sellers and 60.3 million active buyers from nearly every country. In 2019, 40% of Etsy sellers were located outside the US, 83% of sellers were women.
Josh has two decades of leadership experience including growing consumer technology companies and scaling global marketplaces. Before Etsy, he served as president of consumer products and services at AMEX, CEO of Skype, and CEO of Shopping.com. He has also held various executive roles at eBay. Earlier in his career, Josh co-founded Evite, where he also served as the company's first CEO until its sale to IAC.