A16z: Discord's Evolution into a Developer Platform

Jessie A Ellis  May 17, 2024 11:27  UTC 03:27

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From Gaming Platform to Developer Hub: The Discord Journey

In 2009, Discord's co-founder and CEO, Jason Citron, laid the foundation for what would become a massive online platform by creating tools and infrastructure for games. Today, Discord boasts over 200 million monthly active users, marking the significant growth and evolution it has undergone over the years.

Citron, in collaboration with a16z General Partner Anjney Midha, who merged his company Ubiquity6 with Discord in 2021, provides key insights into the intricate process of community-driven product development. This shift from catering primarily to gamers to becoming inclusive of developers signifies the broader vision of Discord.

Discord's Commitment to Platform Extensibility

Discord's commitment to platform extensibility has been a constant throughout its evolution. The platform has always been open to expansion and adaptation, enabling it to grow and evolve with its user base. It's this flexibility that has allowed Discord to successfully transition from a gaming platform to a developer platform.

The Introduction of Embeddable Apps on Discord

Discord's recent release of embeddable apps is a significant step in its evolution. This new feature makes it easier than ever for developers to build on the platform, opening up a new realm of possibilities. As Discord continues to expand its offerings and capabilities, it's clear that the platform is committed to fostering a vibrant and dynamic developer community.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Discord

Discord's transformation from a gaming platform to a developer hub demonstrates the platform's adaptability and commitment to meeting the needs of its diverse user base. With the introduction of embeddable apps and a continued focus on platform extensibility, Discord is poised to continue its rapid growth and evolution in the years to come.

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