• Etsy Wants to Give Female Programmers $5,000 to Attend Hacker School

    Etsy Wants to Give Female Programmers $5,000 to Attend Hacker School

    Etsy, the popular marketplace for all things handmade, just announced that it will not just be hosting the 2012 session of Hacker School at its headquarters in New York, but that it will also offer ten $5,000 grants to women who would like to attend this year’s session but don’t have the financial means to do so. As Etsy’s VP of engineering Marc Hedlund notes, the idea here is… Read More

  • Etsy iPhone App Hits 1 Million Downloads in Under 4 Months

    Etsy iPhone App Hits 1 Million Downloads in Under 4 Months

    Etsy, online seller of various hand-made hipster goodness, has reached a major milestone today. After less than four months on the App Store, the Etsy for iPhone app has surpassed 1 million downloads. The app launched in mid-November 2011. But that’s not all Etsy has to celebrate. Since the release of the app, it’s seen 25-60 percent growth in visits month-over-month, and is seeing… Read More

  • Scrollsy Is A Scrollable, Pinterest-Like Version Of Etsy

    Scrollsy Is A Scrollable, Pinterest-Like Version Of Etsy

    Remember Jonathan Bouman, the young, Netherlands-based developer who brought us the awesome creation that is Scrolldit, a scrollable version of Reddit? Well, he’s back. And this time, he’s made a scrollable version of Etsy. It’s called Scrollsy, and, if you’re an Etsy lover, I guarantee that you’re about to waste a whole bunch of time on this site. Read More

  • Etsy Makes It Easy For Users To Post Items To Pinterest With New ‘Pin It’ Button

    Etsy Makes It Easy For Users To Post Items To Pinterest With New ‘Pin It’ Button

    Online pinboard Pinterest is all the rage these days, and as Etsy is showing today with its latest product announcement, e-commerce sites are starting to realize the power of pinning. The e-commerce marketplace is making it easier for Pinterest users to pin and organize Etsy items, via a new Pin It button on Etsy listing pages, along side the Tweet and Like buttons. Etsy says that its members… Read More

  • DaWanda secures €4 million to go international

    The discussion regarding copycats of US startups in europe is still an ongoing one, and largely due to the fact that the copycats are often heartless rip-offs. DaWanda, a marketplace for DIY goods, took the successful concept of Etsy, which was founded in 2005, to Europe and has since then grown into a company with 65 employees and 1,9 million products for sale. But in contrast to other… Read More

  • TC Cribs Tours Etsy Offices

    TC Cribs: Inside Etsy’s Handcrafted Wonderland

    We’re back for a new episode of TC Cribs, and this one is chock-full of unique, incredible creations that you’ll never see in another office: yep, we made it to Etsy. The Brooklyn-based company gives artists, designers, sculptors, and all sorts of other creative people a place to sell their wares online — and the startup is eating its own dogfood by decorating its office… Read More

  • Etsy Shakeup: CTO Chad Dickerson Takes Over CEO Role From Founder Kalin As Visitor Growth Stalls

    Etsy Shakeup: CTO Chad Dickerson Takes Over CEO Role From Founder Kalin As Visitor Growth Stalls

    Today marked a bit of leadership shuffling at Etsy, the online marketplace to buy your local hipster a handmade good, as CTO Chad Dickerson takes over the reins as CEO from Rob Kalin. Etsy is Kalin’s brainchild, and the founder has been acting as CEO since 2009. Dickerson explained the change today on Etsy’s blog, saying that his focus as the new CEO will be to impel Etsy to… Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America

    A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America

    Editor’s note: Guest contributor Jon Bischke is a founder of RG Labs and is an advisor to Altius Education, Fatminds and Udemy. You can follow him @jonbischke. For people who spend most of their days within a few blocks of tech start-up epicenters such as South Park in San Francisco, University Avenue in Palo Alto or the Flatiron district in New York, last week’s… Read More

  • The anaPad Is A White Board And Wooden iPad Clone For Kids

    Any parent will tell you that the anaPad will not keep their kids away from the household’s iPad. It might look like an iPad, but kids are smart. They know a capacitive touchscreen from a white board. But that’s fine. As the creators note on etsy, it’s designed to promote analog learning, hence the name, in a digital world. The magnetic white board looks like an iPad and… Read More

  • Wine Sling For Your Bike Makes Riding While Romancing A Snap

    Like the idea of that six-pack carrier for your bike, but you’re more of a wine drinker? Son, you’re in luck. This hand-made, leather sling for wine bottles attaches to your frame and lets you cruise to your date or party — without having to steer with one hand or bring a nerdy bag to hold the wine. It’ll run you $25 Canadian — at this point normally I’d make… Read More

  • Heartsy Is Groupon For Etsy

    Heartsy Is Groupon For Etsy

    From the why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-this-before department: meet Heartsy, which is basically a Groupon for Etsy, i.e. a daily deals site for handmade items sold on Etsy stores. The concept should be overly familiar to you: registered users get sent exclusive deals on handmade items sold on Etsy by email. Acquired coupons, or vouchers as Heartsy refers to them, can be redeemed at the… Read More

  • Wear Around Your Childhood Friends With These Spaceman Lego Cufflinks

    These Lego Spaceman cufflinks are sort of self-explanatory just like the folks who wear them. Fine by me. $16.99 a pair on at this Etsy store where there are about a zillion and quarter more similar Lego cufflinks and tie tacks. I like these the best. [via Cool Hunting] Read More

  • Search Etsy Listings By Color With Glancely

    Let’s say you want to find that perfect quirky little black dress for New Year’s? Like a mashup of Etsy, Flickr color search, and Google Instant, Glancely lets you search Etsy visually, sorting instant results by color and by price so you can scan through multiple green knit caps or purple socks or whatever handmade items your heart desires. Hold your mouse over an item to get… Read More

  • Don't Know What Gifts To Get Your Hipster Friends? Make Them Take The Etsy Taste Test

    Gift giving can be so hard, especially if you have a bunch of hipster friends who turn their noses at anything even slightly pedestrian. (“A box of See’s Candy that you bought at the airport? Are you kidding me?”). Well, fear not. All you need to do is make them take this little Etsy Taste Test on the commerce site for hand-crafted goods. After selecting a series of… Read More

  • TC Teardown: 13 Ways To Get To $10 Million In Revenues (Part II)

    TC Teardown: 13 Ways To Get To $10 Million In Revenues (Part II)

    Editor’s note: This post is the second part of an analysis of different consumer Internet business models by guest author Steven Carpenter. It is suggested that you first read Part I. Most consumer Internet startups fall into a baker’s dozen of possible business models. In the first part of this post, I tried to lay out the three main buckets those business models fall into… Read More

  • TC Teardown: Etsy, It's Crafty

    TC Teardown: Etsy, It's Crafty

    Editor’s note: Engineers love to take things apart to learn how they work. They call this a teardown. In his ongoing series of TC Teardowns guest author Steven Carpenter takes apart popular business models to see how they work. He’s done this with Groupon, Chegg, and Zynga. This time, he looks at handmade goods marketplace Etsy. A few weeks ago, Etsy, the New York-based… Read More

  • Index Ventures Buys Into Etsy, Triples Valuation To Nearly $300 Million

    Index Ventures Buys Into Etsy, Triples Valuation To Nearly $300 Million

    Crafty commerce site Etsy just raised another $20 million in its fifth venture round (that would be the Series E). Index Ventures is the new investor leading the round, with partner Danny Rimer getting an observer’s seat on the board. (The board is made up of founder Rob Kalin, Caterina Fake, Accel partner Jim Breyer and Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson). Previous… Read More

  • This rainbow Apple sticker transports your iPad back a couple generations

    Good news and bad news. First, the vinyl iPad sticker of Rob Janoff’s 1976 Apple logo is only $3.50 on etsy or free if you buy one of the seller’s larger decals on etsy. But they are sold out. Sorry. [etsy via Gadget Lab Read More

  • Etsy CEO: How Social Will Unlock Etsy’s Potential [Video]

    After a brief hiatus, the founder of Etsy Rob Kalin reclaimed the CEO title in January of this year. During a brief interview at Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters, I asked Kalin, “Why do you think you deserve to be back as CEO?…Is there anything really unique about your vision that will take Etsy to the next stage?” Kalin responded: “Sure, so why do I deserve to be CEO… Read More

  • Daily Grommet Raises $3.4 Million For Invention Marketplace

    Daily Grommet, a curated online marketplace and video review site for quirky inventions and products, has raised $3.4 million in Series A funding from a number of investors, including John Landry, Launch Capital and Gerry Laybourne, founder of Nickelodeon and Oxygen Media. The site features one creative invention or product per day, with an in-depth video review. Daily Grommet will also sell… Read More