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Metal Pressions Visit to Etsy - Part 2 - The People we met at Etsy

Visting Etsy - Part 2 - The people at Etsy

We got to meet a lot of wonderful people on our visit to Etsy. Here are a few shots from our visit in and around Etsy headquarters in Dumbo NYC. The people at Etsy were very gracious to accommodate our request to visit them. If you haven't seen it yet, checkout our Etsy Store.

 

Metal Pressions with Etsy Team - Abby F, Mike Grishaver, Andreas Argentinis, Elisha Argentinis, Chad Dickerson, Heather Jassy, Clare M

So great to meet some amazing people at Etsy.

Left to right Front: Abby F, Mike Grishaver, Andreas Argentinis, Elisha Argentinis, Chad Dickerson

Back: Heather Jassy, Clare M

A bunch of smiling Etsy employees holding  the gifts we made for them.

A gaggle of Etsians taking a second to pose with some of the gifts we sent them.

A shot of the Manhattan Bridge outside of the Etsy headquarters.

A shot of the Manhattan Bridge near Etsy headquarters.

Beautiful Etsy employees with radiant smiles.

These two lovely ladies jumped up to give great big hugs when we walked by on our tour.
Sarah S, Elisha Argentinis, Andreas Argentinis, Katie Rose C

Our guiding angel at Etsy, Bernadette.

Bernadette was the host for our visit. She was such a pleasure to meet and an absolute guiding angel. We can't thank her enough for arranging our visit and spending so much time with us.

Elizabeth is the supreme greeter at Etsy and brings smiles to everyones face.

Elizabeth C was the first person to greet us when we walked in. She has a beautiful smile that is sure to brighten anyone's day. Supreme greeter extraordinaire.

What blog post wouldn't be complete without a selfie... Andreas is a goof.

A little selfie of us enjoying the day. I told Andreas not to be goofy, but he can't help it. This is the least goofy of several pictures.

Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson was kind enough to take a photo with us.

Chad took a few moments out of his busy day to meet with us and take a few photos.

A pro dog walker in NYC. Had to take a picture of that.

Last but not least.... a professional dog walker in NYC. He's got his hands full. Can't imagine the clean up.

Metal Pressions Visit to Etsy

 Visiting Etsy 

The Main Door at Etsy  A Crafty Space at Etsy

 

As part of our little initiative, Project #ThanksEtsy, we set out to visit Etsy headquarters in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, on March 10th. Our plan was to meet a few Etsians, thank them in person for the impact they've had on our business, give out our handcrafted gifts, and be on our way.

Front Desk at Etsy with a man eating plant Hand crafted over-sized lamp at Etsy

What we thought was going to be short visit turned out to be a several hour affair. Elisha and I were given a tour the of the facility, met a ton of Etsy people, and grabbed a bite at their bi-weekly lunch (appropriately called Eatsy). The visit brought me back to the exciting times during my early career at a young internet start-up called Priceline.com, except the environment at Etsy is much cooler! There is a noticeable buzz at Etsy - not just because they are working hard and have a impending IPO - it's the electrifying feeling you get when great people come together with creative ideas and initiatives.

 

A really Cool larger than life Owl Sculpture at Etsy a mosaic art piece in an Etsy lounge

 

You're probably wondering what it's like at the crafty marketplace giant. Is the place as incredible as their website? After all, they have so many amazing vendors making everything from fine jewelry like us to wooden tables and beer holders.  So the answer to your question is YES. Etsy is as cool as you thought it would be.  Actually, it's cooler than you can imagine. It starts off with a seemingly uninteresting entrance, but all that ends when you pull open the heavy wooden doors. From there you're greeted with an eclectic entrance and front desk decorated with a cornucopia of all types of goodies from the crafty to the well-crafted.

Etsians at work - Hey no cubicles!

 
 

For a space that houses over 500 employees, it surprisingly doesn't seem too big or overcrammed. We couldn't see any traditional cubicle spaces. Lots of open space with picnic table style desks where Etsians work together a la family-style dining. No phones on the desks (but there are some replica phone booths where people can make their calls) make the space surprisingly quiet.

Etsy Indoor Bike Parking. Etsy cargo bike to haul compost.

 

To top it off, they have a zero carbon foot print initiative! Not only do you see recycling everywhere, but they also have indoor bike parking. Racks of glass "to-go" coffee cups are available to avoid needing paper cups when Etsians take a stroll to local coffee shops. Add to that up-cycling and the fact they all pitch in to pedal biodegradable waste to a local compost, and you'll start to realize that the people at Etsy aren't just cooler than you thought...They are nice, thoughtful, hardworking, dedicated, innovative, and a downright pleasant group people; and one that we happen to be particularly fond of. ;-)