Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Crafty commerce site Etsy gets $27 million in funding
One of New York's most talked about tech start-ups these days is undoubtedly Etsy, the Brooklyn-based online marketplace for buying and selling handmade goods. And it's continuing to generate headlines: co-founder Robert Kalin announced in a blog post Wednesday that the company has picked up an impressive $27 million in Series D financing.
The venture funding comes from existing investors Union Square Ventures and Hubert Burda Media, as well as Accel Partners' Jim Breyer, who will take on a seat on Etsy's board of directors.
Etsy is "almost break-even" when it comes to profits, Kalin admitted in his blog post, but it does have 650,000 registered users, 120,000 of whom are classified as "sellers." The company employs about 50 people, and last year opened the Etsy Labs community space in a converted industrial space in Brooklyn.
With the new financing, the company hopes to achieve a laundry list of goals: expand beyond the U.S. dollar and the English language, improve its search and checkout technology, ensure that it can pay its employees fairly, keep its servers running, and have a "cushion" to ensure stability through current economic woes.It's as much a social mission as an economic one, Kalin wrote. "Throughout the myriad challenges since we launched the Web site, we have worked day and night to see things through. We're in this for the long haul," he said. "We believe that the world cannot keep consuming the way it does now, and that buying handmade is part of the solution.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Short Review of the Chat Room Minutes:
We have an automatic message to welcome members and it requests they join the yahoo group.
We get spikes of new members during monthly contests and treasuries. New member names are sent in monthly, requests of Etsy. Admin. Consequently, due to the lag in time, sometimes a week or so, new members joining may not see themselves added right away. Therefore, Shell really relies on new members checking on themselves in the list especially for omissions and corrections. Also, the CCCOE blog tries to keep current with new members being added but also, this takes time and Amanda relies on new members sending the information to her.
Along with this, new members work is added to the slide show, but it also takes time and the work may not show up immediately.
We will stick to monthly contests for now. The topic for February is: Lucky Charms. This contest will end and voting be in progress just before St Patrick's Day.
There are about 5 prizes left being held by 7bridges. Quirkynberkely is happy to take over handing out prizes to a random voter during the monthly contests. If postage becomes problematic, she will ask for help. Many members are willing to put up prizes, and when we run low they will be called for.
A calendar and map might be added, give the blog chairs some time to figure it out. Links to websites relevant to our group might be put on the blog; and when posts are needed they will ask.
A nice group has joined for the January Swap. Please send 30 items and a SASE Priority Flat Rate Envelope to yolandaclay by 1/3l/08.
Downtown La Meet Up: Sandysimone and/or visionquest will put up a post and poll on yahoo to determine date and place.
SF Bay Area Meet Up? Just posted in the forum and the Blog post just after this Chat review.
5.New Ideas for 2008:
Theme item was confusing. Having shops put a link to one item in their profile under a given theme would help make treasuries easier and useful for storque pitches. It also would help feature active members. Marimello suggested the idea and she will explain it further.
Too big to take on right now.
Thanks to Nina for the recap!
|Hello Thought I'd pass along an invite to a gathering for SFEtsy members. See invite below: SAVE THE DATE for the January ETSY PARTY! When: Sunday, Jan. 27, noon to 3 pm Where: 338 Nevada Ave., Moss Beach*, CA 94038 (just north of Half Moon Bay) Why: For fun and chat face to face, to see the membership's choice crafts, plus to find out answers to your burning questions One topic that has been floating around is craft shows: which ones, how to apply, when are they happening. If you have ideas, convo with your RSVP. We want to make this a fun and effective party. We will have space to set up tables so we can see everyone's crafts, so bring a display, card table, some of your crafts, business cards, etc. Also, if you could bring something light to nibble on, that would be great. Anne is going to supply the coffee, tea and lemonade. Plus water. Looking forward to a fantastic 2008! Please RSVP to this convo, YES or NO. *for a map and directions, go to www.mapquest.com Cheers! Jeyn :o) www.jeynreyn.etsy.com|
Saturday, January 12, 2008
FIRST CHAT ROOM TEAM MEETING!
Sunday 1/13 @ 9pm .. Save the date and time! Please join in!
Room Title: CCCOE Team Meeting
Time: 9:00 p.m. on Sunday 1/13
Click on 'chatrooms' on the forum main page.
Click on the room that's called 'CCCOE Team Meetng' and enter the password: california ... Voila, you're in ...
Now, get ready for a fast paced evening; fun, and informative! Meet you there!Below are some ideas for discussion:
Short Committee Reports
1. Membership: Recruiting new members, reviewing our welcome message.
2.Events: Next planned events, postage?
3.Blog: How to drive traffic to blog, ideas for future posts?
4.Swap: Progress on January swap, future swaps?
5. Local Stuff: Downtown LA Jewelry/Textile Mart Meet Up. New Ideas for 2008. On-Line Trunk Show or other idea.
Along with the above discussions you might be thinking about which committee you would like to volunteer to work with and help out with tasks as requested by that chairperson.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Scenes from our last Fashion Show...
Design by Darina Drapkin Photo by Tory Fink
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
What goes up must come down! So goes the law of gravity, and the fair vendor’s mantra. Want a great, fast assembling display for peanuts? Read on for advice from an expert, but crafty saver!
Step 1. The Materials. It takes very few items to look like a million. First, the shelf itself. Use materials from the building supply store or your own garage, such as particle board, slim planks, or reusable shelving off an old piece of furniture. Unattractive pieces can be painted easily. I found two perfectly clean imitation wood grain shelves at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at $1 each (see photo 1.) Don’t forget to check the swap meet, garage sales, and flea market for interesting ideas. The more you save the better! Tip: If you wish to hang items on the final display, use wire rack shelving such as for closet organizers!
Finally obtain 4 or more colored construction paper. Co-ordina te the paper to your shelving color (black paper has been chosen as shown above).
Step 2. Get Ready for Face Lift. Cut the construction paper the same height as the can, and wrap around covering the entire label. Secure the start and end of the construction paper with clear tape (see Photo 2).
Step 3. Put Covering on all 4 Cans. Give all the cans the same treatment (see Photo 3).
More soon from Pretty Cheap, where bargain lovers meet.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
CALIFORNIA CRAFTERS CLUB OF ETSY
Entries due the last day of the month at midnight (Calif time). Our volunteer members (as directed by the committee chairs) will put up the entries in our blog, call for public vote, arrange for a door prize to a random voter, and more.
WATCH FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT for a monthly chat room meeting to be held in a couple weeks. Please reply to the yahoo group thread regarding what day/time you prefer for meetings if you haven't already.