Who is Josh Breinlinger?


Who is Josh Breinlinger?

Josh Breinlinger is co-founder of Rev.com. He was formerly General Partner at Jackson Square Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. 

Josh Breinlinger

Early Life

Josh had his high school education at Pinkerton Academy. He proceeded to MIT, graduating with a BS. in Mechanical Engineering in 2000. 


Josh began his career at Arthur D. Little, working there till 2004. He then ventured into entrepreneurship, becoming a founding team member at oDesk, the freelance marketplace that later merged with Elance to become Upwork. He stayed at Upwork till February 2010. 

Josh co-founded oDesk, which later became Upwork

In 2011, Breinlinger joined Jackson Square Ventures, a $430-million VC firm, as General Partner and exited the company in 2020. 

He’s a co-founder and current Board member of Rev.com, a freelance marketplace for audio transcriptions, translations, and other speech-to-text services. Rev launched in 2010. 

In 2021 Josh launched his latest company, Turtle Ventures, where he’s the Founding Partner. 

Through Turtle Ventures, Josh invests in early-stage marketplace and SaaS businesses. 

His investments include Omniata (acquired by King), OfferUp, Rented.com, Contently, Kindly Care, Bus.com, Alto, Crexi, and Atrium.

He regularly blogs at acrowdedspace.com.


  • Graduated MIT
  • Co-founded oDesk
  • oDesk renamed Upwork
  • Jackson Square Ventures as General Partner
  • Co-founded Rev.com
  • Founded Turtle Ventures

Top Quotes

  • Seek a journalist mindset in your content marketing strategist.
  • Many startups are trying to disrupt the traditional ‘firm’ structure.
  • Authentic and interesting stories engage people.
  • Where are the next big opportunities in marketplaces? One place to start is just looking at the Fortune 1000 and identifying weak incumbents.
  • The stock market is the greatest wealth-creation machine of all time but we don’t teach anything about it in school. That’s wrong.