David

Thacker

Partner

David invests in consumer and B2B2C technology, with a focus on marketplace businesses that sit at the intersection of consumer and enterprise.

David is an experienced technology leader who has built out new businesses and products for some of the most iconic companies in the world.

David joined Greylock in June 2020, following an impressive career at companies including Google, LinkedIn, and Groupon. David was also previously on the Greylock investing team from 2009 to 2011. As a partner during an economic recession, David’s sound judgement, independent thinking and hustle were key factors in several very successful investments such as Redfin, Pandora and TellApart. Throughout his career as a technologist, David has built, launched, and scaled products across several industry verticals including ecommerce, gaming, social networking and online advertising.

David is particularly interested in marketplaces, subscription businesses and technology built for the future of work. As the co-author of seven patents, David has a creator’s mindset, and looks for disciplined entrepreneurs focused on building compelling products that delight users and customers.

“I’ve always wanted to help shape and build products, and I’ve found that most of the formative technology ends up being relevant for both consumer and enterprise markets. I’m always watching for companies that are playing into the big shifts going on in tech, and doing so with focus.”

With an extensive background in senior product leadership roles across both consumer and enterprise technology, David brings unique insights to company-building, product development and go-to-market strategy at many stages. In his previous investing role, he worked closely with early-stage founders on product-market fit, hiring, and monetization strategies. He later went on to lead experienced teams at large companies and played key roles throughout several pivotal company moments such as Microsoft’s 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn and the rapid growth of the Google Cloud business.

Immediately prior to joining Greylock, David served as VP of Product Management & User Experience at Google. He led a team of 350 product managers, designers, and user researchers responsible for Google’s productivity and collaboration products (G Suite) including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Meet. In aggregate, these cloud applications have more than 2 billion monthly active users across the consumer, enterprise, and education segments. Previously, David managed products across LinkedIn’s business lines including Premium Subscriptions, Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions and Sales Solutions. These products included a mix of enterprise SaaS tools, advertising products, and consumer subscriptions — generating about $4B in annualized revenue at the time.

David grew up in Austin, Texas surrounded by computers. The son of an IBM employee, he developed an early fascination with technology, and went on to double-major in computer science and economics at Duke University. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.