More investment towards voice, love it. Discord's CEO, Jason Citron, explained their strategy looking into the future, based on what the people wanted: a place to talk.
If you're wondering about "the people" part. Since their launch in 2015, growth is all they are familiar with:
Naughty numbers Jason, very dirty indeed.
The folks at Discord managed to get the entire gaming community using their app on a daily basis. But they understand the power of voice in 2020. So the new aim is to cover all voice activities, with every person in the world. This is a good shot to finally get the tech community to detach Discord from gaming and realize how big of a company it could be.
It's ok though, Discord has never been alone on this one. To eliminate the misconception, they raised a lot more dough from the same believer. Index Ventures’ Danny Rimer, invested $150 million in 2018, reaching out in Feb 2020 again, to put another $100 million to the mix. Valuation: $3.5 billion.
First steps in motion:
This is the perfect time for an expansion jump. Coronavirus forced people into communicating via Zoom, athletes and influencers to entertain through Twitch + podcasts exploding + people choosing to send note voices over texts + asking Alexa, Google Home or Siri for shit we don't know or things we are too lazy to do.
Voice is top commodity right now, and Discord is about to truly tackle it.