Emmett Shear
Gabriela Hasbun
United States



Cofounder / CEO

Shear saw Twitch viewership rise 82% year-over-year from March 2020 to March 2021 despite the pandemic, as he oversaw big changes at the platform known particularly for video game livestreaming. Following the November 2020 departure of Kevin Lin, Shear is the only cofounder left at Twitch after it was acquired by Amazon in 2014 for a reported $970 million. He partnered with recorded music labels for Soundtrack by Twitch in 2020 in order to ensure users avoid DMCA violations. Now, Shear is dealing with fallout from a massive hack in October 2021 that exposed millions in regular payouts to top streamers, Twitch’s source code and Amazon’s unconfirmed plans for Vapour, a digital gaming store that could reportedly be integrated with Twitch.


  • Twitch
  • Justin.tv
  • Y Combinator


  • Yale University (CT, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
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Twitch COO Sara Clemens to Exit After Four Years (EXCLUSIVE)

Twitch COO Sara Clemens to Exit After Four Years (EXCLUSIVE)

Twitch is losing of its most senior execs: Chief operating officer Sara Clemens today announced internally that she will be leaving the Amazon-owned livestreaming company, Variety has confirmed.Clemens joined Twitch in January 2018, after previously serving as COO at Pandora and working at LinkedIn and Microsoft’s Xbox division. At an all-hands meeting Thursday, she told Twitch staffers that she is exiting in order to focus on consulting and serving on company boards.Clemens will remain in the COO role through mid-January...


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