What is Etsy• “Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies on Etsy, the worlds most vibrant handmade marketplace”
What is Etsy• A brief history • Started in 2006 by Robert Kalin, Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik • Maria Thomas of NPR joined in 2008 • 2010 sales went from $180 million to $314 million • Has expanded from a company of 4 individauals to a staff of 63
Investors• Investors include Sean Meenan, Spencer and Judson Ain, Union Square Ventures, as well as the founders of Flickr and Delicious
What is Etsy• Comparable to Ebay, but the company has cultivated a very different feel• Community based• "When you get an item from Etsy, theres this whole history behind it," Kalin said. "Theres a person behind it."
What is Etsy• Etsy makes a profit by charging a listing fee of 20 cents per item, and by taking 3.5 % of every sale• Unusual in that it does not depend on advertising revenue
What is Etsy• Shopping made fun • Knowing where your item came from • http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaLaCrystal?ref=seller_i nfo • Shop by color • http://www.etsy.com/color.php?ref=fp_nav_colors
Social Media• Etsy can be found on • Twitter • Pintrest • Tumblr • YouTube • http://www.youtube.com/user/etsy/featured • Its magazine-videocast, "The Storque," often feels like a do-it-yourself business school.
Etsy and the Groundswell• Talking to the Groundswell• Listening to the Groundswell• Engaging the Groundswell • Creates a community • This community is based on art, but not confined to it
Etsy and the Groundswell• Redefining who is able to produce and consume art• Removing industry and corporations from the production of art • Galleries, etc.
Works Cited• Kalin, Robert (2008-07-09). "The Long View: Rob & Maria". Storque. Etsy. Retrieved 2008-12-08.• Marion, Fred (2006-08-08). "Etsy may be the coolest, most feel-good way to shop". Cox News Service. Retrieved 2007-12-19.• Walker, Rob (2007-12-15). "Craft capitalism: Just do it yourself". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-12-19.