A Letter from Our Founders

Posted by Otis Chandler on April 25, 2019
Dear readers,

We have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to see Goodreads grow from an idea we started in our living room in 2006 to a flourishing community of over 90 million readers worldwide and an amazing team of employees. We dedicated the last 13 years of our lives to this mission of helping people find and share books they love, and we can’t think of a better way to have spent that time.

We’re planning on stepping back from Goodreads as its CEO and Editor-in-Chief at the end of May, and will become advisors to the company. Veronica Moss, who has successfully led our Revenue & Operations here for the past four years, is stepping into the role of Goodreads CEO. She's one of the strongest leaders we have had the pleasure of working with and shares our vision for Goodreads. We have full confidence in Veronica and the future potential of Goodreads and we look forward to cheering on the team as advisors. The Goodreads mission and commitment to being a place for all readers and a place for open discourse will continue to flourish.

Elizabeth and I are ready for a new chapter in our life, and we plan to take some time to explore new things. As one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, says, “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” We have been so fortunate to have done that with Goodreads—now we plan to see what else we can do.

We remain incredibly excited about the future of Goodreads, and book reading overall. The world is filled with readers! There is so much innovation yet to be built for readers and authors, and we can’t wait to see all the amazing things that the Goodreads team will create in the future.

Otis & Elizabeth


From left to right: Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, Otis Chandler, and Veronica Moss.

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