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Josh Elman

Venture Partner

Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products.

Josh is a venture partner at Greylock. Most recently, he was the VP Product at Robinhood, helping the team build powerful tools to broaden access to our financial system. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to more than 100 million users. Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched v1 of LinkedIn Jobs. Josh also held roles leading product management for Zazzle, and product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks.

In addition, Josh led Greylock’s investments in Medium, Discord, and Mammoth Media. He also led investments in SmartThings (acquired by Samsung in 2014), Musical.ly (acquired by Toutiao in 2017), Jelly (acquired by Pinterest in 2017), and Houseparty (acquired by Epic Games in 2019).

Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.

Portfolio Companies

Previous Investments

Our Investment in Discord

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Discord Logo

Your place to talk.

Founder Jason Citron and his team started their company, Hammer & Chisel in 2012. They were building Fates Forever, a new MOBA game for tablets, and were increasingly frustrated by the products they were using to chat while playing their favorite PC games. So in 2015 Jason and Stan Vishnevskiy launched Discord, a communications platform that helps friends come together around the games they love, and it saw immediate adoption and growth. Greylock partnered with Discord in 2016, and today the company has more than 56M monthly active users, with more than 1B messages sent each day.

DOMAIN

Consumer, Marketplace & Commerce

FIRST PARTNERED

Series D

CURRENT STATUS

Active

INVESTORS

Josh Elman, David Sze

LEADERSHIP

Jason Citron, CEO & Founder

HQ

San Francisco, CA | USA

houseparty logo

Face to face social network.

Synchronous Social Network with the mission to bring empathy back to online communication.

DOMAIN

Consumer

FIRST PARTNERED

Series A

CURRENT STATUS

Acquired

INVESTORS

Josh Elman

LEADERSHIP

Sima Sistani, CEO and Co-Founder

HQ

San Francisco, CA | USA

Medium Logo

Everyone's stories and ideas.

Medium is a subscription publishing platform with 120 million monthly readers. It delivers journalistic rigor alongside insights from thousands of publications and diverse voices from across the web in an elegant, personalized, and entirely ad-free experience.

DOMAIN

Consumer

FIRST PARTNERED

Series A

CURRENT STATUS

Active

INVESTORS

Josh Elman, David Sze

LEADERSHIP

Tony Stubblebine, CEO

HQ

San Francisco, CA | USA

musically logo

Instant music video.

DOMAIN

Consumer

FIRST PARTNERED

Series A

CURRENT STATUS

Acquired

INVESTORS

Josh Elman, David Sze

LEADERSHIP

Alex Zhu, CEO & Co-Founder

HQ

Shanghai | China

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