Andy Johns is a General Partner at Unusual Ventures, leading and building its consumer portfolio. In particular, he’s interested in marketplaces, network-effect businesses, subscription services, and content platforms, but is curious about all technologies in the space. Throughout the tech industry, he’s known as a growth and product leader, and has widely spoken about and been interviewed on the subject of how companies can authentically and strategically grow their user bases.
He joined Unusual from Wealthfront, where he started as Director of Growth and became President of the company. While there, he made key decisions about the product that have made it the category leader in fintech. Prior, he helped Facebook, Twitter and Quora gain millions of users and deliver culture-defining consumer internet products at scale. At Facebook, he worked on growth and user engagement tactics that took the company from 100 million to over 500 million users. He did the same at Twitter to take it from 40 million to 140 million active users. At Quora, he helped establish the growth team and helped get the product off the ground beginning with its first 10,000 users. In the process, he’s become the thought leader on how consumer startups can sustainably grow into large businesses.
Throughout his career, Andy has made it a priority to help numerous other companies and founders better understand how to build great products that people love, and how to get millions of people to use them. He did this as an advisor in residence at Greylock Partners, and as an advisor and investor for companies like Blue Bottle Coffee, Opendoor, and Poshmark.
Here at Unusual, Andy brings his passion for teaching and extensive experience to Unusual Academy and the Get Ahead Platform. He’ll be leading the consumer track for the Academy, bringing together small cohorts of founders to learn critical skills from the best minds in the industry. And he’ll create new resources for consumer companies to recruit the right talent, tell their stories, and find their initial users.