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About Us: Sean Flannagan a.k.a. sean11

Jun 12, 2009

by Vanessa Bertozzi handmade and vintage goods

Sean works on the Product Team, developing new site features. Right now he’s focusing on the shopping experience. As many of his colleagues point out, Sean has an absolute passion for user experience, product development and design. Perhaps even more impressively, he can clearly explain dry computer-y stuff and make it really interesting.
About Us: Sean Flannagan

Fun Facts:

  • He consumes vast quantities of mints.
  • He’s a foodie, but Lauren notes that he doesn’t know how to cook.
  • He didn’t like his lab coat photo so we combined it with his avatar photo!
  • Sean’s obsessed with Rhode Island history and hosts RI birthday parties (evidence!). Sean and Vanessa are the two Admin who share Rhode Island roots.
  • Played for a straight-edge hardcore band and published a straight-edge hardcore fanzine in high school. No longer straight-edge; now really interested in Belgian beer. KC confirms Sean’s love for witbiers.
  • He’s a former wannabe graffiti artist and claims to have skateboarded with Shepard Fairey in his youth. Anda comments that he practices graffiti all over his notebooks, though she can’t vouch for his skater skillz because she’s never seen him skate.
  • First concert: Verbal Assault (a Newport, RI hardcore band), afternoon matinee, age 13. Sean sang for a hardcore punk band called Non-Conformity in the eighth grade.
  • His favorite TV series is The Sandbaggers.
  • He thinks public data should be put to good use.
  • Sean is big into old-time comics and spent formative years in cartooning classes at RISD. He vaguely looks like a Chris Ware character, according to Alison.
  • He loves books and notebooks (evidence! x2!).
  • His father has the largest handlebar moustache in Rhode Island and possibly the East Coast.
  • He’s been a vegetarian (or rather pescetarian) since age 13.
  • His Etsy username is sean11 because 11 is his “life path number” in numerology.
  • He’s seen almost every movie shot in New York City in the 1970s and thinks all the best music was made in that decade.
  • Jen points out his Nike sneaker fetish. Pete says, “He started wearing Nikes on Fridays and then extended it to other days of the week as he became more ‘casual.'”
  • He has an endearing habit of rubbing his hands together.
  • Sean is on a mission to visit and document every island in Narragansett Bay (there are 30).
  • Lauren found a college class that uses his blog as a reference for how to create good wireframes.
  • Self-proclaimed Big Nerd!

Sean submitted this as an awkward photo, but we think it’s pretty rad:

Sean Flannagan

Sean used to compete in breakdancing competitions in the ’80s. Again, pretty rad:

Sean Flannagan

Baby Sean sees his first wireframe:
Sean Flannagan

And one more cute one, for good measure:
Sean Flannagan

Etsy has had quite a growth spurt recently and we have the awkward pictures to prove it. We’ve been 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).

Some favorite shops below…

nighttime In the City -blue - Handprinted art print
nighttime In the City -blue - Handprinted art print
Triplet Rosette acrylic laser cut necklace
Triplet Rosette acrylic laser cut necklace
budanArt 8.5 x 11 Print - Sylvan Interlude
budanArt 8.5 x 11 Print - Sylvan Interlude
Merrily Merrily Home
Merrily Merrily Home
per arsin et thesin
per arsin et thesin
Original Screen Print - Red Forest
Original Screen Print - Red Forest
Linocut Print - EIGHTEEN TREES on the HILL - Landscape Art 13x9 - Ready to Ship
Linocut Print - EIGHTEEN TREES on the HILL - Landscape Art 13x9 - Ready to Ship
$75.00 USD
Earth Mother - 8x10 - Collage Art Print
Earth Mother - 8x10 - Collage Art Print
RSS Icon Pillow
RSS Icon Pillow
delicate but strong 1
delicate but strong 1


  • Greenbriar

    Greenbriar said 7 years ago

    Really neat crochet covered stones! I also love the leaf silhouette!

  • Greenbriar

    Greenbriar said 7 years ago

    I love the breakdancing photo! Go Sean!

  • notebooksetc

    notebooksetc said 7 years ago

    I love these Etsy team interviews. Always an interesting read!

  • Jewelles

    Jewelles said 7 years ago

    the best music is from the 70's !!!! rock on :)

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 7 years ago

    Sean is cool.

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics said 7 years ago

    such a rad little cutie .. aged 5 :-) interesting read indeed!! great for us to get to know YOU guys better too

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    Nice to meet you~

  • rememberer

    rememberer said 7 years ago

    awwwwwwww so cute! i love his handwriting!!

  • kathryncole

    kathryncole said 7 years ago

    Great Interview! Thanks for letting us know a little about you. I love the old pictures.

  • gildem

    gildem said 7 years ago

    RI is rad. Sean, thanks for sharing! from: a native Rhode Islander

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Sean, nice to meet you! Love the Etsy interview series.

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 7 years ago

    The Batman shirt photo is priceless.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    Those photos are wicked cute! I love getting to know the Etsy folks! :)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    now we know batman's true identity!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    Aww, love the batman shirt 4 yr old son won't take his off! Nice to know a bit more about you, Sean. Thanks for sharing!

  • findingfabulous

    findingfabulous said 7 years ago

    That was really fun!!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    Sean, you rule. Seriously.

  • boygirlparty

    boygirlparty said 7 years ago

    cool moose healey!! he's going, going, gone! didn't know vanessa and sean were RI'ers -- i raise my coffee milk to you both!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    That's really fun!

  • farfelue

    farfelue said 7 years ago

    i think those pictures are awesome!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 7 years ago

    The site design of Etsy and the ease to set up shops is AWESOME!!!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Hi Sean! Thanks!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    hi, haha! nice breakdancing!!!!

  • studiolyon

    studiolyon said 7 years ago

    Fun read! Thanks so much for featuring my "Earth Mother" in the related items! :)

  • michon

    michon said 7 years ago

    looking forward to your contributions!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

    It's nice to meet the faces in the Big Etsy House

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 7 years ago

    I really enjoy reading about the people behind Etsy..and cute pictures!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    So nice to meet you!

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones said 7 years ago

    Nice to meet you Sean from RI... I'm Tracy from RI!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 7 years ago

    I love working with Sean! Here's my fun fact: He likes to hang out in the Virtual Labs and is always looking for feedback from the community.

  • zime

    zime said 7 years ago

    Cute pics!! Nice to meet you Sean!! (^v^)

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    Very nice penmanship!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 7 years ago

    yeah SEAN - yur the bestest! let's breakdance.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Hi Sean, thanks for letting us having a look at you.

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 7 years ago

    HHAHAHA! Bust a move! Love the sig. ^_^

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 7 years ago

    A star is born! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  • edgyapparel

    edgyapparel said 7 years ago

    A fun read. thanks

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 7 years ago

    I love meeting the etsy team and "sean11" is a very interesting guy- just like all the other interviews I've read. THANK YOU

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 7 years ago

    yay for foodies who don't know how to cook!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Sean rocks....oh yes he does!!

  • belovedbaglady

    belovedbaglady said 7 years ago

    Thanks for "letting us in!" RI is definitely on my list of places to visit! Cheers to the weekend : )

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 7 years ago

    Wow first concert Verbal Assault. Nice.

  • itsalljustmenagerie

    itsalljustmenagerie said 7 years ago

    Hilarious, and the pictures are pretty rad.

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 7 years ago

    Sean is a pretty cool dude! Thanks for the intro.

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 7 years ago

    Love the interview and the skater dude PIC...Love Jill Rosenwald and love this collection but where are the books?

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Nice article and pics.

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 7 years ago

    it's nice to learn more about the Etsy team that make it all happen. Baby pictures are too cute! Thanks for the smile.

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 7 years ago

    The Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America and the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era. (I'll bet Sean knew that!)

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    Does that say "altered boobs" under 'what do you make'? hahahaha I kid. ;D

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 7 years ago


  • sean11

    sean11 said 7 years ago

    KOALACaddie speaks the truth!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    Yeah, Sean! Hope to see those breakdancing moves sometime soon.

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 7 years ago

    So basically, what you're saying is that sean11 is like the neatest person ever. ...So I've had this "life goal" since I was probably 12 years old, where I decided that someday I would rule the world from my secret lair in Rhode Island, because no one would ever suspect Rhode Island.

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 7 years ago

    "He's seen almost every movie shot in New York City in the 1970s and thinks all the best music was made in that decade." I totally agree. I was just thinking about that today... Well & most days :D Wow, I lived in Prov for 10 yrs - moved to Philly 3 years ago at the height of the real estate boost. Even the west side was getting too expensive! Good to meet ya!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 7 years ago

    I mean *boom* not boost, oops.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    hey sean, next time, put a video of you busting a move on the dance floor, i bet you're even better today. ;)

  • OneEcoTree

    OneEcoTree said 7 years ago

    Good work Sean! Looking forward to more Etsy web updates!! Awesome finds!

  • HansenSoapCo

    HansenSoapCo said 7 years ago

    Cool!! Awesome skating talent! Tony Hawk look out!! ;P And what a cute little kid he was!! OMG! That face is adorable. But you can still see "mischief" in those eyes of his recent pic, LOL!! As I mom I know that look! ;)

  • Lampreia

    Lampreia said 7 years ago


  • japanesepalm

    japanesepalm said 7 years ago

    Sean: you're not in this photo are you? // We have way too much in common, including our first show being Verbal Assault at age 13.

  • HighDesertRose

    HighDesertRose said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing your world with us and for the great job that you do.

  • thenoisyplume

    thenoisyplume said 7 years ago

    Wow. Sean is wicket cool (I'm not from Maine).

  • VintageBookStore

    VintageBookStore said 7 years ago

    those are great pictures!

  • BelleMereBelleFille

    BelleMereBelleFille said 7 years ago

    Good to know the people behind the scenes. Love to delicately shuffle through Sean's 'rare book' collection. Kudos in the memo, Sean!

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler said 7 years ago

    Hey, welcome aboard! Had a great time looking at your favorites the other day.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Sean, love that breakdancing pic and the skateboard too~ thanks for sharing with us a bit about yourself. Cute baby pics too. Nice to meet ya as well.

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 7 years ago

    Great Interview!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 7 years ago

    Hehe... what a cute article. And I love it when people rub their hands together. :)

  • heartfeltvintage

    heartfeltvintage said 7 years ago

    Do you still breakdance Sean !

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 7 years ago

    I will tell my nephew about you and your job. He just graduated from RISD and is doing an intership at MIT. He hopes to do graphics for video games. The last RISD grad I discover is David Wiesner the Caldecott winner for the book "Flotsom". What a really cool book. The illustrations are amazing. If you love the water and beaches, this is a must to see.

  • adam Admin

    adam said 7 years ago

    Sean rocks it. His notebook doodles are awesome. Glad to hear you came around on the beer, dude.

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 7 years ago

    Love this series, it has been great reading about all of you.

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 7 years ago

    Too cute!

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 7 years ago

    Nice Batman tshirt! I used to have one as a child, XXX.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 7 years ago

    this was fun!

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 7 years ago

    What a hunk! I could just pinch those cheeks! He looks like Gene Kelly. Wasnt Gene Kelly swell! I loved him in every movie, but why was he always wearing a sailors uniform. Golly!

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 7 years ago

    awww so cute!

  • SonoraKaysCreations

    SonoraKaysCreations said 6 years ago

    I want a profile like Seans... no fair!!!

  • mindynagra

    mindynagra said 5 years ago

    Great job Sean!! I just recently used Etsy as a shining example of a site that follows Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0 principle of creating a Rich User Experience! Check it out at:

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