• Zazzle Buys Boundless Network As It Battles Teespring For Democratized E-Commerce

    Zazzle Buys Boundless Network As It Battles Teespring For Democratized E-Commerce

    Want to sell T-shirts with your face on them, or get your employees shirts with your company name? Zazzle is fighting newcomer Teespring for your business, and it just got some more ammunition. Yesterday, personalized product maker and marketplace Zazzle acquired Boundless Network, a startup that lets companies save money on big branded product orders. Read More

  • Zazzle Partners with Dodocase To Offer An iPad Case That’s Sturdy, Old-Fashioned — And Customizable

    Zazzle Partners with Dodocase To Offer An iPad Case That’s Sturdy, Old-Fashioned — And Customizable

    Custom product company Zazzle just announced that it’s teaming up with Dodocase, the manufacturer behind what we’ve described as “one of TechCrunch’s favorite iPad cases.” When I met with Zazzle’s co-founder and Chief Product Officer Jeff Beaver a few months ago, he told me that one of the company’s goals is to partner with local manufacturers. Zazzle… Read More

  • Zazzle Instant Brings Custom Product Creation To Your iPhone

    Zazzle Instant Brings Custom Product Creation To Your iPhone

    Custom product website Zazzle is making its first big move into mobile today with the launch of an iPhone app called Zazzle Instant. Apparently, the app started out as a side project by one of Zazzle’s engineers, but then it grew into something bigger and cooler. Basically, you can choose any of the photos on your phone, then apply it to one of the 15 products currently being offered in… Read More

  • Zazzle Launches AR Technology To Let You See How Art Looks On Your Wall Before You Buy

    Zazzle Launches AR Technology To Let You See How Art Looks On Your Wall Before You Buy

    It’s been a while since we’ve written about DIY online shop, Zazzle. But the company has grown to be one of the largest customization companies out there, with 20 million unique visitors a month. And today the company is pressing forward with developing its own innovative new ways to help users more accurately customize and visualize their products. To do so, Zazzle is today… 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

  • Zazzle Lays Off 15%, Corporate Office Hit Hard

    Zazzle, the online shop that lets you order custom-decorated clothing, mugs, and a variety of other items, has laid off nearly 40% 25% of its corporate staff and 15% of the overall company, which includes workers in its manufacturing factory. The corporate office was hit hard, with over 30 28 of 110 employees cut, primarily in business development, marketing, and engineering. Cuts were also… Read More

  • Firefox Goes Threadless With Crowdsourced T-Shirt Store

    Taking a page from Threadless, Mozilla is opening up its own online store featuring crowdsourced Firefox T-shirt designs. You can upload your own design, or pick from the gallery. The store is built on Zazzle‘s platform, which handles the printing, shipping, and billing. Zazzle is rolling out partner stores focused on other online communities as well, but this could turn out to be the… 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

  • Zazzle Launches Custom Embroidered Clothing: Who Knew Stitching Could Be This Cool?

    Zazzle, the site that lets you custom-design and sell everything from T-shirts and hoodies to sneakers and skateboards, has launched a new feature that may well put it leagues ahead of its competitors: embroidery. And while the prospect of having an embroidered shirt may not sound appealing at first (I’ve always associated embroidery with tacky nametags emblazoned on polo shirts)… Read More

  • Zazzle starts printing custom skateboard decks

    Though I still skate no better than the day I started, I’ve spent quite a few summers bombing hills and racking up scars. I honestly can not count how many guys I’ve met over the years totally set on starting their own board company, only to lose the dream before it really began; they’d draft up a dozen designs, get all their friends pumped — and then have absolutely… Read More

  • Zazzle pushes out custom kicks

    I come here today to present to you the fruition of years of labor. Between research, design, eating snacks, and playing video games, countless man hours were spent on what I am about to unveil. It is with much pride that I present to you: The P. Has. Okay. So it wasn’t really countless man hours. It was more like 15 man minutes. I just grabbed a picture of Peter Ha and stuck it… Read More

  • MySpace Gets Some Razzle Zazzle

    MySpace has announced a music merchandise deal with Zazzle that will allow the “more than 6 million musicians and bands on MySpace” to sell unlimited music merchandise to the MySpace community. Under the deal, musicians and bands on MySpace will have the immediate ability to create products and sell merchandise by putting the Zazzle Merch Booth widget on their MySpace profile. 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

  • Zazzle Rumor: Big Hedge Fund Investment

    Here’s an unconfirmed but well sourced rumor: silicon valley based Zazzle will be closing a second round of financing in the $30 million range, at a $300+ million pre-money valuation. The round is expected to be led by an as-yet-unnamed hedge fund. Kleiner Perkins (which led the company’s $16 million Series A round in 2005, is supposedly also particpating in the round. Look for… Read More

  • Why Doesn't CafePress Use Flash?

    There are many sites that sell customized casino chips (just do a search), but we haven’t found any that have an online design tool to allow you to create the chip itself. TheChipLab has take the extra step and has created a very nice Flash tool for designing your own casino-grade chip. The creation tool is very flexible and layer based. It’s not as powerful as new online image… 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

  • Profile – Zazzle

    Company: Zazzle Launched: 1999 ( launched 2003)

    Status: Announced $16m Series A on July 18, 2005 What is it? Zazzle let’s customers create customized products, ranging from tshirts to stamps, and sell them on the zazzle website. In their own words, “Zazzle is the leading customized products marketplace for consumer enthusiasts to share and celebrate their interests… Read More