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Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman is the CEO of Etsy. Previously he served as CEO of Skype, (an eBay company), and Evite. He’s chairman of ScriptEd Inc., which works to equip students in under-resourced schools with coding skills and creates access to careers in technology; and is on the Board of Directors for Shake Shack.

“The job of a leader is not to come up with solutions, it’s to define success and define constraints, and then let the team come up with the solutions.”

— Josh Silverman
Featured in these episodes:
Josh Silverman, guest
January 23, 2020

Building a company to scale requires a delicate balance of macro and micro – and knowing where to focus. Josh Silverman has perfected the skill over decades of experience at multiple companies and three CEO roles, at Evite, Skype, and most recently, Etsy. Josh has learned that success isn’t just about zooming in on the details OR taking the long view but about knowing exactly WHEN to switch between these perspectives. Cameo appearances: Scott Suko (Domino expert); Nik Money (professor at Miami University).

Josh Silverman, cameo
April 5, 2022

Your local community can be the power behind an epic scale story — because smart community investment always maximizes returns. In creating opportunities for new jobs, Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya created opportunities for massive scale.