About me

What are you doing now?

I’m currently serving as a Cornell Tech Fellow, where I’m helping the leadership of the exciting new campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC grow and scale that startup university.

From July 2011 to May 2017, I was CEO at Etsy (more on that below in my bio).

I live in Brooklyn, NY.

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Chad Dickerson is currently serving as a Cornell Tech Fellow, where he is helping the leadership of the exciting new campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC grow and scale that startup university.

Chad was the CEO of Etsy from July 2011 to May 2017, leading the company in its mission and growing it into a global community of creative entrepreneurs and their customers. During that period, he grew the company from a chaotic startup to a global publicly-traded company, growing the revenues that Etsy sellers make more than 9x and grew the revenues the company generated 14x. Under Chad’s leadership, Etsy was known for its company culture and commitment to social responsibility. Etsy made the Best Places to Work list every year from 2013 to 2016 and the company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012, recognizing the power of business to generate social good.

Chad was CTO at Etsy from September 2008 until July 2011, leading a team that built Etsy’s core platform in its critical early years. Before joining Etsy, Chad led Yahoo’s Brickhouse & Advanced Products incubators, and the Yahoo! Developer Network. He created the Yahoo! Hack Day initiative in 2005, the first internal innovation program of its kind in a large company.

Chad came to Yahoo! from InfoWorld Media Group (IDG) where he served as CTO for nearly five years and wrote a popular weekly column for CTOs. Prior to InfoWorld, Dickerson served as CTO of Salon.com and in various engineering positions at CNN, CNN/Sports Illustrated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer.

Chad is also on the board of St. Ann’s Warehouse, the consistently ground-breaking theater in Brooklyn.

Chad holds a BA in English literature from Duke University, where he focused on Shakespeare.

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. Chad,
    I ran into your post re: Portland and the concept is fabulous….hiring those 8% unemployed in a city known for its cutting edge greatness. At least I think so and it sounds like you do too.
    BTW, I’m writing to tell you that I now buy all my clothes on Etsy. Love them…no one says to me “Uh, isn’t that a bit young for you?” As one clerk did in a store to remain unnamed.
    Thanks for working so hard.
    Karen Ferguson,Ph.D…currently working out of LA

  2. I just watched your etsy lab and thank you. because I really feel inspired. I do have one question. I know that you have to get out there and do and keeping doing until you succeed. How do you separate the times when you have a business idea that really has merit and should really keep going or move on because you have failed. I guess I have to listen to the voice in my heart .

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