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Etsy Alumni: Alec aka scaramouche

Apr 9, 2007

by Vanessa Bertozzi handmade and vintage goods

Alec no longer works at Etsy. We wish you the best!

Etsy has had quite a growth spurt in the past year, and we have the awkward pictures to prove it. We’ll be posting a series of About Us pieces to help you get to know the Etsy admin (and since many of us work remotely, for the admin to get to know each other!). You’ve seen the admin badge, and maybe you’re a bit curious about the person behind it! For more on Etsy’s mission and about the company, please see our About page (the link is in the little blue footer of every Etsy page).

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I felt an instant kinship with Alec aka scaramouche even though we hadn’t met in person: we’d both separately drawn maps illustrating our homes in the “armpit of Massachusetts.” Alec is here at the Etsy Labs right now for the engineering meet-up (he’s usually working remotely from his home in Massachusetts) and I got a chance to talk face-to-face with him. Alec tells me he found out about Etsy through Mike, another Etsy engineer. The two first met in 1991 on a BBS and then got to be friends through a multi-user online game. So, in a way, Alec is totally used to coding on his own while simultaneously chatting in the IRC, the main way all the engineers communicate while scattered around the globe.

Of his amazing awkward picture, Alec says, “I had hair down to the middle of my back in high school and I decided I wanted to cut it, but my friend convinced me to do a mohawk. So we bought some red Manic Panic and did it in his bathtub. Yeah, I’ve had a lot of interesting haircuts…”

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  • abitabite

    abitabite said 12 years ago

    Hey Alec Have you checked out the chicago beekeepers co-op etsy store? bees are great

  • tangerined

    tangerined said 12 years ago

    ((mass pride))

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle said 12 years ago

    Wow, that 'hawk with the puffy-foam earphones is perfection. Cutie-cute baby pic too!

  • SupernovaDesigns

    SupernovaDesigns said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the plug, Alec! (/waves to tangerined) There are quite a few geeks over at etsy, eh? I guess it's to be expected from those on the techie side of things hehe. I'm sort of curious to know what game brought you and Mike to be friends ^_^

  • hobbledehoy

    hobbledehoy said 12 years ago


  • classen

    classen said 12 years ago

    Love the hair! You must be around my husband and my age. Didn't go to MIT did you???? My husband (who I met in college) and my best friend went there. Lots of code writing and sci fi....

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 12 years ago

    Welcome Alec! Love the knitted scarf from the video... and that hair is fantastic!

  • babeta

    babeta said 12 years ago

    What a cute baby picture. I love your handwriting!!!

  • OpulentOddities

    OpulentOddities said 12 years ago

    Lets make out.

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 12 years ago

    Hey Alec!! Welcome to Etsy from a Woburn gal!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 12 years ago

    Alec your Dr. Who scarf is amazing!!

  • SupernovaDesigns

    SupernovaDesigns said 12 years ago

    I thought I was having deja vu, but I see that there's a fancy new video addition to this post. Love the dance break!!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 12 years ago

    Count the mohawks in this series. I love it!

  • juln

    juln said 12 years ago

    Yeah, Dr. Who Scarf! That's awesome!

  • brepettis

    brepettis said 12 years ago

    Awesome scarf! Great dance! Super video!

  • Stormslegacy

    Stormslegacy said 11 years ago

    Found your page ^_^ OMG I didn't know you had a mohawk O_O I would have barely recognized you!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 11 years ago

    Hey! "Looks like some form of elvish" lol

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