Etsy – rags to riches on belief in the handmade and the network

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Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy, the online craft store and network.
Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy, the online craft store and network.

Nice article in the Financial TImes about Rob Kalin, 27, founder of Etsy, the online craft store for handmade items. From teen runaway to a degree in classics, Kalin, a furniture maker, started the site with $50,000 from an angel investor and now has support from other internet entrepreneurs (like the founders of Flickr and del.icio.us) and has sold more than $10M of goods (average sale $15-$20) since its launch! Also, did you know they have Etsy Labs at their place in Brooklyn where you can come and study crafts and sewing and get better at your craft–and network to boot. Something inspiring in all that.

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