After spending years in the industry, Ivan Grekov saw an opportunity to make the shipping process easier, faster and cheaper.
The New York tech scene, dubbed Silicon Alley, has gotten a lot of PR of late, with hot companies like MakerBot, Tumblr, Etsy and Foursquare and the high-profile venture firm Union Square Ventures. But it wasn’t until today that it produced a billionaire founder.
Etsy, the online marketplace of handmade and vintage goods that drove $895 million in sales in 2012, is looking to expand by include the sale of items made with emerging technologies such as 3D printers and CNC routers and supporting individual showcases in major retailers, CEO Chad Dickerson said today at the LeWeb conference in London.
As part of a flurry of activity, Pinterest today announced that it had launched ‘Pin It’ buttons in several popular craft, photo and commerce apps.
Serious art collectors close your eyes right now. Everyone else, head on over to Etsy, where you will find a stunning collection of arts and crafts based on internet pet Grumpy Cat.
Twitter Unveils Video-Sharing Service Vine (SocialTimes)
As expected, Twitter launched its recently acquired video-tweeting service Vine on Thursday. The mobile app allows users to share six-second videos directly through Twitter.
Etsy has acquired Mixel, the makers of an iOS app for creating and sharing photo collages, for an undisclosed sum. But Etsy is not following in the footsteps of photo-sharing sites like Instagram. Instead, the company plans to improve its mobile offerings for the buyers and sellers on its craft marketplace.
Sammy Sosa, Denied Access to Baseball Hall of Fame, Now Butt of Internet Joke (SocialTimes)
Sammy Sosa, like all of the other players nominated this year to be included in the Baseball Hall of Fame, was voted down due to his likely use of steroids. In the wake of the news, the sports world has discovered, with morbid fascination, Sosa’s Pinterest page.
The handcrafts marketplace Etsy is finally available in Spanish, the company said today. The site already offered user interfaces for speakers of German, French and Dutch.
Today, Etsy design lead Cap Watkins announced in a blog post that he was leaving LinkedIn because, among other reasons, the site was overrun with recruiters sending unsolicited job posts.