josh silverman etsy


Season 2

Episode 35

Josh Silverman of Etsy: “Every job I’ve had was a job no one wanted” | Evolving Ecommerce Ep.2

Hosted by Hans Tung and Glenn Solomon

Today on the show, we have Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy since 2017. Etsy is an innovative online marketplace that connects millions of passionate creative sellers and buyers around the world. With the mission “keep commerce human”, the global destination for unique and creative goods has 3.1 million active sellers and 60.3 million active buyers from nearly around every country on our planet. In 2019, 40% of Etsy sellers were located outside the US, 83% of sellers were women. Josh has two decades of leadership experience include growing consumer technology companies and scaling global marketplaces. Before Etsy, he served as president of consumer products and service at AmEx, CEO of Skype, and CEO of And he has held various executive roles at eBay. Earlier in his career, Josh co-founded Evite 20 years ago, where he was also served as the company’s first CEO until its sale to IAC. This is a cross episode with Founders Real Talk, our sister podcast hosted by GGV Managing Partner Glenn Solomon.

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