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On June 2nd, 2012, Etsy Success Sydney was held in the newly-renovated Museum of Contemporary Art, with amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Etsy Success Sydney  inspired and informed local creative entrepreneurs wanting to learn new skills, to further their understanding about the global need for change in the new economy, and to know more about how to make their businesses more sustainable and viable.  Chad Dickerson, our very own CEO, presented the inspirational keynote address, “Finding Your Courage.”

You can download a copy of our workbook here, as well as learn more about our speakers and presentations.

We’re so happy to let you know that all videos of the presentations are available to watch.







Etsy Success Sydney Speakers:

Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO
Keynote Address
Our very own Chad Dickerson will be making his first visit Down Under to share his inspiring presentation, “Finding Your Courage,” as seen at Hello Etsy in Berlin last year.


Georgie Swift and Milenka Osen, TMOD design // The Veggie Patch
Workshop:  “Transforming Creative Ideas into a Viable Business”
After graduation from The College of Fine Arts (COFA, UNSW) 6 years ago, the duo established TMOD as a vehicle to explore design boundaries and challenge expectations of functionality and purpose. Blending materials and processes, TMOD’s manifesto is to design without constraints. Across graphic, fashion, and product design, they celebrate the unexpected and consider the experience of every design outing. Their animated products trigger emotions, transport feelings and create memories.

Valerie Khoo, Sydney Writers Centre
Workshop: “How to Boost Your Creative Business by Networking and Building Your Profile”
Valerie Khoo is an award-winning entrepreneur who founded the Sydney Writers’ Centre in Milsons Point. Also an author and journalist, Valerie has grown the Sydney Writers’ Centre to become Australia’s leading centre for writing courses. Valerie is an experienced journalist and small business commentator. With her dual passions in writing and business, she is currently writing a book on how to use the power of storytelling in business, to be released October 2012.

Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder, The Garage Sale Trail
Workshop: “The Story of The Garage Sale Trail”
The Garage Sale Trail was first brought to life in May-2010 as part of a local creative community festival in Bondi.  There 126 sales which happened simultaneously on the one day and it was a huge success.  It won awards and generated so much interest that in April-2011 it went national and was activated in locations all over Australia.

Rebecca Lowrey Boyd is a former glossy magazine editor, a self-confessed bird nerd and the founder of the blog Wee Birdy. She’s been blogging since 2007, and Wee Birdy was listed as one of the Top 50 Design Blogs in the world by Times Online and one of the top 100 blogs in the world by The Sunday Times. She likes to make pom-poms.