Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Etsy comes to Vancouver
It felt as though the Etsy Meet-up in Vancouver yesterday night was like a little bit of history in the making! Etsy certainly has taken the on-line handmade global community by storm in the mere 4 years it's been up and running, and I can't help but think that it's effect will be long-lasting. From their 'Quit your Dayjob' series which inspires so many makers to take the plunge, the featured Seller interviews which have the potential to plunge your etsy shop into a shopping frenzy, the Blog that includes 'trendspotting', spotlights on designer's and makers, videos of artist and makers at work- really the options on etsy could keep you screen-gazing for hours. CEO of Etsy, Maria, had a lot to say about what's going on 'behind the scenes' to create a viable and long-lasting entity called Etsy. Their list of 'To Do's' over the next few years sounds a little daunting, however, the room they are creating to grow, develop, and be better sounds pretty fantastic to me! It was really nice to meet the marketing director, Matt, and Anda - a few of us, invited by Jan from Poppytalk, were able to sit down with Anda and Maria at JJ Bean for casual introductions before the evening started, and, well, they were all so friendly and nice! Their concept of 'going on tour' and meeting people personally will certainly have long-standing effects on the growth and sincerety of this company- I truly do wish them all the best as they continue on!