Startup Culture

Play With Me! Etsy Posts Prototypes in the Marketplace

Etsy users.

Etsy may have lost its founder-CEO, but it hasn’t lost its drive. The startup is heavy on data and metrics and it has a history of turning its users into guinea pigs and slashing features that aren’t popular. Today Etsy announced three initiatives in one: Prototypes, an opt-in sandbox where users can “kick the tires” on new features; and the two inaugural prototypes, an HTML5 non-Flash version of the Color Browser and Seller Opportunity Tools, which allow sellers to see voids in the marketplace by displaying what people are searching for. Read More

Domains to Master

Etsy Is Upsetsy! Files Complaint Over,,, and


Yesterday Etsy filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum, which handles domain name disputes for ICANN, over five “EtsySucks” domains: .com, .biz, .info, .org and .net. ( is still free!) The domains appear to be owned by the former editor of the now-defunct “Unofficial Etsy News Blog” previously at, Domain Name Wire reports. Read More