Robinhood's growth is amazing!
I go back forever with Josh Elman, Robinhood's recent but former VP of Product & Growth, who grew his team to 50 people in a couple years.
He was a product manager at Zazzle who pitched me at SmugMug to add their stuffs to our shopping cart, but before we did he left for Facebook to work on the growth team. His next stop was Twitter to start a growth team and run it a couple of years.
Then he became a VC at Greylock, joined the board of Medium, invested $20 million in Discord and joined their board.
So I pitched him on Cake, proposing he invest $5 million in seed and joining the board. The pitch went great, he seemed to love it, asked great questions and you could tell he really got it and saw the potential.
But. Greylock doesn't do seed. So he told us to just get a little traction and then come back when we had, and he would place a bigger investment, which Greylock likes to do and he had done with Discord. So that became our mantra: just get good conversations and a little traction on a budget.
Josh and I stayed in touch, but a short while later he went to Robinhood, became completely immersed, and stopped writing checks for Greylock.
I always wonder what would have been if he had invested and joined our board.