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Etsy in the Press: Behind the Money with Rokali

Nov 9, 2007

by Vanessa Bertozzi handmade and vintage goods

"I have mixed feeling about pretty much everything in life." — Robert Kalin.

Rob was interviewed by Behind the Money about cash flow matters and Etsy.  Get the inside scoop on investors, not-selling-out, and the passion that drives Etsy founders.

Plus, Rob’s wardrobe is courtesy of RuffeoheartslilSnoty, who were at the Etsy Labs for the Majestica artist-in-residency, the artist collective with MixenDixon and EmpireEmpire.

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  • TheInvitation

    TheInvitation said 8 years ago

    Excellent! I've been raving about the genius of Etsy for over a year, from the concept to the design, from the platform to the support of all the creative people involved & hearing more from Rob directly makes me even more proud to be a part of such an amazing venue. Thank you for sharing this!

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 8 years ago

    Way to go Rob and you do look chic! Love nickolya!

  • saltandpaper

    saltandpaper said 8 years ago

    very interesting!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    Really interesting!! Great work Rob!

  • xiane

    xiane said 8 years ago

    A very interesting interview! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • smeeta

    smeeta said 8 years ago

    Nice! :)

  • JennyBunny

    JennyBunny said 8 years ago

    Very interesting, indeed! I didn't know Rob was a redhead either... that explains somethings.... *is a redhead too* :)

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 8 years ago

    love love love the jacket

  • nanjodogz

    nanjodogz said 8 years ago

    Very nice interview. Thank you for sharing!

  • EmilyBalivet

    EmilyBalivet said 8 years ago

    Rock on, Rokali!

  • dkjewels

    dkjewels said 8 years ago


  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 8 years ago

    this made me think of flickr now, and if they're happily owned by yahoo. i got to meet Caterina and her husband at the "goodbye flickr" party they threw in Vancouver a few years ago, really great people. Everyone was making the move to California for the "switch" and seemed excited. thanks for sharing this interview!

  • Itybitybags

    Itybitybags said 8 years ago

    Great interview Rob! Some really interesting info!

  • scottgarrette

    scottgarrette said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Rob. Your vision has proven to be infectious, adventuresome and successful... that's gotta be exciting, at least some of the time.

  • Thaidreams

    Thaidreams said 8 years ago

    I have very fast internet but the video wouldn't play at all. I also tried the TV stations website and just as bad :(

  • Kelliope

    Kelliope said 8 years ago

    Awesome interview! It's always interesting to learn what goes on behind the scenes.

  • EvesOriginals

    EvesOriginals said 8 years ago

    Wow...this is so totaly impressive to me you have no idea. What a genius idea in the way this company is built and also valued by you Rob. Appreciate it! And loving the fact to be a part of it as a seller.

  • TheLolaCollection

    TheLolaCollection said 8 years ago

    This was great to see, thanks!

  • trulyoutrageous

    trulyoutrageous said 8 years ago

    What makes ETSY successful is the people behind it who are PASSIONATE about it. Not people who are in it just for the money. Thank you Rob!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Nice shoes! and great interview~

  • callieco

    callieco said 8 years ago

    Rob, you should teach a class at the etsy labs about growing your business - I think there are some sellers who might be ready to g-off!

  • traceystreasures

    traceystreasures said 8 years ago

    Is there somewhere I can read this interview? I still can not get the sound on my freaking computer to work- some kind of interference- but I'll be damned if I can figure it out! :(

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 8 years ago

    Great interview. Way to keep it real, Rob! Right behind you all the way.

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 8 years ago

    Interesting interview.

  • waltersbeads

    waltersbeads said 7 years ago

    there is no limit to the creative mind

  • retrovertigo

    retrovertigo said 7 years ago

    Really great interview! Thanks for posting the vid!

  • myglamour

    myglamour said 7 years ago

    Interesting indeed! I like what you said at the end about the not knowing; it's what keeps it interesting and wakes you up in the morning...

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