• New CafePress Features Should Make It Easy To Automatically Match Designs With Products

    New CafePress Features Should Make It Easy To Automatically Match Designs With Products, a website where users can create and sell products using their own custom designs, is announcing a redesign today that President Sumant Sridharan said will simplify the product creation process. There are actually a number of recent changes that the company has been rolling out on its website, but the launch of the “Smart Product Engine” may be the most significant. Read More

  • CafePress Moves Into Mobile Through Exclusive Partnership With Magic Moments’ Print-On-Demand iOS Application

    CafePress Moves Into Mobile Through Exclusive Partnership With Magic Moments’ Print-On-Demand iOS Application

    CafePress, the company whose flagship property allows users to design, print, and buy customized merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, hats, stickers and more, is making its first major foray into mobile applications through an exclusive partnership with Magic Moments, an iOS app that lets users access CafePress through their smartphones. Read More

  • CafePress To Acquire T-Shirt Competitor Logo’d Softwear For $8.3M

    CafePress To Acquire T-Shirt Competitor Logo’d Softwear For $8.3M

    CafePress, the company that allows customers to design, buy and sell merchandise including t-shirts, hats, bags, mugs, stickers, and more, has entered into an agreement to acquire customized clothing seller Logo’d Softwear, Inc. The acquisition, which was noted in an amendment recently filed to CafePress, Inc.’s S-1, states that the agreement allows CafePress to purchase all the… Read More

  • Cafepress IPO Filing Gives A Glimpse At A Crowdsourced Business Model

    Another day, another tech company is filing for a public offering. This time it’s Cafepress, which allows users to design, buy and sell merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, bags, mugs, bumper stickers and more. The company just filed its
    S-1 today, and aims to raise as much as $80 million in an IPO. Cafepress, which launched in 1999, essentially crowdsources designs from its community… Read More

  • Weekend Giveaway: Miss The Free iPhone Case Cut-off? We Can Help

    Cafepress just launched a line of customizable slide-on cases for the iPhone 4 and they want to give you one of 100 customized cases (albeit customized with the CrunchGear logo, which what we in the jourotainment biz like to call a “bonus”). The cases cost $19.99 at CafePress and feature a hard shell, two-piece design that will protect the iPhone 4 from scratches and dings. You… Read More

  • Legalize it! We designed a t-shirt about jailbreaking your iPhone, and it's great

    We discuss a lot of wacky ideas in the CrunchGear chat room every single day. Most of the time, though, these ideas come to nothing and we just get on with being mildly informative. Not today! Presenting, um, a t-shirt we designed! It’s on CafePress, because that’s all we know how to use. Read More

  • Zazzle Goes To The Dogs, Expands Business Abroad

    Zazzle, the site that lets you custom-design and sell everything from T-shirts and sneakers to postage stamps and skateboards, is launching localized sites and offerings in Australia and Canada. The company has also expanded its existing UK site, which was launched in late 2008, to the greater European market by accepting payments in Euros. And for pet-friendly users, Zazzle has unveiled a line… Read More

  • Put This On Your T-Shirt: Spreadshirt Scores €10 Million

    German custom apparel company Spreadshirt has secured €10 million in funding from Kennet Partners and returning investor Accel Partners, which led an undisclosed round of Series A funding for the company back in 2006. Spreadshirt, which competes internationally with companies like CafePress and Zazzle, was founded in 2002 by graduate student Lukasz Gadowski (currently still acting as Chairman… Read More

  • CafePress Raises Another $8.3 Million From Sequoia (Update: Maybe Not)

    According to PEHub a regulatory filing revealed that CafePress has recently raised $8.3 million in Series C venture funding from Sequoia Capital, who also invested $14 million in a previous round. This brings the total funding of the online retailer of user-generated personalized products to $23.8 million. Launched in 1999, CafePress enabes its users to design, buy and sell expressive… Read More

  • Imagekind Acquired By CafePress For $15-20 Million

    Imagekind, the art site that describes itself as “a hybrid art gallery, photo-sharing service and a print-on-demand service” has been acquired by CafePress for $15-$20 million in cash and stock, according to VentureBeat. The site, which was launched two years ago, allows artists to upload and sell framed prints of their pieces, and also allows users to purchase one-off prints of… Read More

  • Zazzle Beefs Up Management Team With Former Fox Exec

    Still no confirmation on that rumored $30 million hedge fund investment (it happened, though), but Kleiner Perkins backed Zazzle is now beefing up it senior management team. Tomorrow they’ll announce that Jim Heckman has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer. Heckman was most recently at Fox Interactive Media; he joined Fox when his company,, was acquired by them in 2005… Read More

  • GoodStorm's Feel Good Capitalism

    Maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season, but it seems impossible to me not to like San Francisco-based GoodStorm. It’s a competitor to Kleiner-backed Zazzle, and CafePress – basically they let you set up shop and sell items with your logo on it. As with all of these services, they do all the hard work – producing and shipping the item, and collecting the money. Read More