a16z Podcast

How Discord Became a Developer Platform

Anjney Midha and Jason Citron

Posted May 10, 2024

In 2009 Discord cofounder and CEO, Jason Citron, started building tools and infrastructure for games. Fast forward to today and the platform has over 200 million monthly active users. In this episode, Jason, alongside a16z General Partner Anjney Midha—who merged his company Ubiquity6 with Discord in 2021—shares insights on the nuances of community-driven product development, the shift from gamer to developer, and Discord’s longstanding commitment to platform extensibility. Now, with Discord’s recent release of embeddable apps, what can we expect now that it’s easier than ever for developers to build?