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Etsy Alumni: Maria Thomas

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

UPDATE: In the New Year, Maria will be leaving Etsy, and Rob, Etsy’s founder will return as CEO. Read their message to the community here.

UPDATE from July, 2008: Maria Thomas is now Etsy’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Read more about her role and other additions to the Etsy team in this post from July 2008.

[The following was originally published on April 22, 2008.]

We’re super excited to introduce Maria to everyone. She’s our new Chief Operating Officer (COO). At the moment she’s in the Southern hemisphere, taking a brief break before jumping into Etsy. So in the meantime, here’s a video portrait we shot just before she left.


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  • marymary Admin

    marymary says:

    Great video Maria! We are so excited to have you join the team! xoxo, Mary

    6 years ago

  • neile

    neile says:

    What a great video. Her energy made me smile, happy for such a great addition to Etsy.

    6 years ago

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones says:

    Hi Maria! Nice drum set!! Hopa!

    6 years ago

  • JJMFinance

    JJMFinance says:

    Awesome! I'm glad to see someone who loves excel spreadsheets and numbers like me!

    6 years ago

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights says:

    welcome to etsy!!

    6 years ago

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire says:

    Hi Maria! Welcome to another West Virginian Etsian!!!

    6 years ago

  • ebbandflo

    ebbandflo says:

    welcome! your passion for what you enjoy doing is infectious - thanks for sharing it.

    6 years ago

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord says:

    Welcome to Etsy, Maria! I love your enthusiasm! (I love excel too).

    6 years ago

  • littleputbooks

    littleputbooks says:

    This calls for Pie! :) Welcome Maria, I hope you love your new job here!

    6 years ago

  • MewPaperArts

    MewPaperArts says:

    Welcome, welcome, welcome! You'll fit right in! Glad to have you!

    6 years ago

  • EarthArt

    EarthArt says:

    Welcome to the fold Maria!

    6 years ago

  • beyondtherockz

    beyondtherockz says:

    Wonderful, Maria, to hear you drum up excitement about joining the team. Welcome! ~Al and Caroline

    6 years ago

  • SandFibers

    SandFibers says:

    Welcome, Maria! How exciting for us all :D

    6 years ago

  • XtremeDream

    XtremeDream says:

    Wonderful! Welcome Maria. :-)

    6 years ago

  • MissCrowland

    MissCrowland says:

    Seems like a cool woman...and we share the same first name, so of course she's awesome.

    6 years ago

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage says:

    Viva la COO d'etat! peace and beignets, kerry

    6 years ago

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle says:

    Hey Maria! Welcome! We're so excited to have you, and I'm certain you'll love working here as much as we all do...see you soon!

    6 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    You play some mean drums! We'll have to get you in on our Rock Band sessions! Welcome to our crafty family :)

    6 years ago

  • aplanetnamedjanet

    aplanetnamedjanet says:

    Welcome Maria. Looking forward to your input.

    6 years ago

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca says:

    Pie indeed! Welcome Maria! Hope to see more of you soon!

    6 years ago

  • madelaine

    madelaine says:

    How awesome to see a WVian working for etsy! Welcome, Maria, and have fun! :D

    6 years ago

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign says:

    Welcome Maria!!

    6 years ago

  • Chillionaire Admin

    Chillionaire says:

    !!! welcome to the team ^-^

    6 years ago

  • hobbledehoy

    hobbledehoy says:

    Hi Maria! Hope you love it here, I know you will!

    6 years ago

  • sweetestpea

    sweetestpea says:

    Welcome to Etsy, Maria!

    6 years ago

  • SecretLentil

    SecretLentil says:

    hurray! welcome to etsy, Maria!

    6 years ago

  • missbatch

    missbatch says:

    Welcome! We can't wait to have you here!

    6 years ago

  • adam Admin

    adam says:

    Dude, our COO's got chops. Welcome to the fold!

    6 years ago

  • TeenAngster Admin

    TeenAngster says:

    Sounds like you've got the skillz to pay the billz. Can't wait to start working with ya!

    6 years ago

  • misscourageous

    misscourageous says:

    Welcome Maria!!

    6 years ago

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind says:

    She seems like an energetic and enthusiastic woman - I'm sure she'll be a great asset to Etsy! Welcome Maria! :)

    6 years ago

  • littlepurls

    littlepurls says:

    exciting news! it'll be fun to see what changes (if any) happen to the site. congrats on the new job Maria! i'm totally jealous.

    6 years ago

  • matsudabunch

    matsudabunch says:

    This is really exciting that Etsy has grown to have a COO! You have mad drum skills!

    6 years ago

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird says:

    So glad you've joined Etsy Maria...I have very high hopes from someone who comes to us from Amazon AND NPR! Wow!!

    6 years ago

  • magickalrealism

    magickalrealism says:

    Nice intro and amazing credentials. I can't wait to see what she does for the place. :)

    6 years ago

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead says:

    HI Maria. Welcome to etsy!! Looking forward to "meeting" you.

    5 years ago

  • operatic

    operatic says:

    We're very glad you're here :)

    5 years ago

  • MoonMystic

    MoonMystic says:

    Looking forward to getting to know you. . .

    5 years ago

  • daveschappell

    daveschappell says:

    Maria Thomas rules -- worked with her at Amazon, and think she's just fantastic. Etsy got even more amazinger in April!

    5 years ago

  • Fyvebydora

    Fyvebydora says:

    Hi Maria, I would love to work for Etsy! I registered to sell my fyvebydora knit accessories and I wanted to learn more about the business side of Etsy, so I saw your posting for the Vice President, Customer Support. I am very interested in this job, because it is one of those rare opportunities where the position marries my business and customer relations skills with my passion for creativity and service. I am based in San Jose and would fly on my own dime to come out and meet you to hear the details of what you are looking for and tell you about my successes and what I would bring to you and the Etsy customers. Thank you, Linda Bidrossian 415-806-2159 lindabidrossian@gmail.com

    5 years ago

  • kariusdeparius

    kariusdeparius says:

    THANK you for popping by PARIS yesterday!!! I was so happy to see you all! Thanks for all the answers! I congratulate your down to earth attitude, all you energy and the initiative for building this worldwide craftsmanships community! This is a modern tribute to William Morris ! I'm sorry I arrived late and had to leave you before end - ...thats life with kids... I gladly work in and support your projects! J'aime etsy.com ! FARE FORWARD VOYAGERS, LOVE, Karianne.

    5 years ago

  • bottary

    bottary says:

    MARIA, porfavor podria ayudarme o orientarme que hago mal que no he vendido mas que 1 cosa en 9 meses y tengo tanto en mis manos ,mi ingles no es bueno y se que si mis cosas que hago son buenas la busque a usted por su nombre,y porque nunca he aparecido al frente si me podria ayudar usted o alguien en espanol gracias.

    5 years ago

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris says:

    Great to have met you in Berlin, Maria! Love your cool presentation!

    5 years ago

  • Mariadelosangeles

    Mariadelosangeles says:

    Great !!! I would like to met you....you are welcome to Arkansas :) Hugs :)

    5 years ago

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy says:

    Welcome Maria!!!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • antoniaart

    antoniaart says:

    Welcome Maria! Cool drum set!

    4 years ago

  • mruxndesign

    mruxndesign says:

    what a cool woman - open minded, full of energy and hope- fully ;) lots of cool ideas for the business and us sellers! greetings and good luck to you, maria! kris http://www.mr-uxn.com

    4 years ago

  • smallthreads

    smallthreads says:

    It was super fun meeting you in San Francisco tonight! I had a blast. It was great to see your enthusiasm in our success. :]

    4 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    it was great hearing you speak last night at Crossroads, you have so much positive energy...I only wish you were not so surrounded by fellow Etsians so I could say hi personally!

    4 years ago

  • ItsMadeAtHome

    ItsMadeAtHome says:

    Maria, It was great meeting you in Seattle! Such a small world it was so cool finding out you too were from WV. We thoroughly enjoyed having you guys here. Maybe next time we can come to you? ~Meghan

    4 years ago

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe says:

    Terrific video - Welcome to etsy Maria! mary

    4 years ago

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft says:

    Great artist!!!

    4 years ago

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger says:

    OMG, OMG! A fellow female drummer is the head of Etsy. Too cool!

    4 years ago

  • PeppermintSage

    PeppermintSage says:

    Love that she rocks the drums!

    4 years ago

  • Andrewson

    Andrewson says:

    Well its all depends on you because what you think is not a matter for others. Our individual effort only works. Although its awesome and quite informative too. Isabel de rios

    3 years ago