We are hiring at Etsy – come join us!

I’m hiring a few key positions on the engineering team at Etsy. See the links below for more details, but before you jump to read them, I wanted to say a little more about the type of person I’m looking for. Of course, I want people who write great code and get things done, but more than anything else, I want to hire people who care about the buyers and sellers that make Etsy what it is.

These are jobs that matter. Each of these positions is a dream job (I know mine is!) You will be building new features for and maintaining a marketplace that creative people around the world depend on to make a living. You will be helping enable and surface beautiful stories like the stories of Robin and Kathy Tucker of woodmosaics. If you read their profile, you’ll learn about how Robin developed his style and approach to woodworking, and what tools he uses, including the foot-powered table saw he made with his brother. The profile ends with this:

I know of no better way to make wood stand out and be truly beautiful.

For a lot of people, this is what dreams are made of, they dream of buying it and I dream of selling it.

Dreams do come true!

How many places can you work where your community says you make dreams come true?

Despite some of the gloom-and-doom in the larger economy, Etsy continues to grow. When I’m talking to people about Etsy as a business, I always ask, “Want to guess what the biggest three days in the history of Etsy were?” Usually, the person thinks for a bit and guesses “the day after Thanksgiving last year” and a few other random days. If I ever ask you that question, here’s a hint. Lately, the answer is nearly always the same: the three biggest days in history at Etsy were yesterday, the day before that, and the day before that. You can read some of the numbers yourself in the monthly updates on our blog. The growth of Etsy is a testament to the continued passion and dedication of the community that you would be working hard to support.

Here are the positions we’re hiring (all are based in Brooklyn):

  1. ArchitectDirector of Engineering
  2. UI Engineering Lead (hired)

If any of these sound like a dream role for you, and you find Etsy as inspiring as I do (just do a search for “love etsy“), please email me with your resume and tell me why you’re the perfect person to join the engineering team at Etsy (chad -at- etsy dot com).

A quick report from the trenches at Etsy

“Busy” does not adequately describe my first two weeks living in Brooklyn and working at Etsy.

To give you a glimpse into what I’ve been doing and dealing with, check out my first post on Etsy’s blog, the Storque and the resulting forum thread on Etsy’s forums.

I’ve had to jump in head first and there are plenty of challenges, but I’m loving it. Expect light posting here while I focus on the work at hand.

Leaving Yahoo!

I’ve thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it’s best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch). I’m leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO. I’ll save my thoughts on Etsy for later, but for now I will say that Etsy and the community it serves are all-around inspiring and I can’t wait to jump in.

(See the blog post from Etsy).

I really couldn’t be more thankful for my experience at Yahoo and to the people who made it such an amazing journey, or more excited about the next chapter in my career and life. I had an amazing run. Long-time readers of this blog might remember that I literally proclaimed one of my three years at Yahoo! as the best year of my life. In the past, I’ve told people that I’ve had all of the best jobs at Yahoo, and I have: running the Hack program, the Yahoo! Developer Network (where I had the privilege of working with the Pipes and MyBlogLog teams, too), and now Brickhouse, where we shipped both Yahoo! Live and the Fire Eagle beta. It has been an unbelievable experience. Yahoo! is a great company full of incredible people.

In each of those roles, I’ve had a unique opportunity to get to know many people inside and outside of Yahoo! Literally hundreds of people were helpful and supportive of me at Yahoo! so I am reluctant to list names. I spent a few hours on a list of people to thank and realized when I hit 150 that it was too unwieldy — the list included everyone from well-known execs to the groundskeepers who made sure the lawn sprinklers didn’t come on during Open Hack Day. Feeling gratitude to so many people is definitely a high-class problem. It amazes me that so many of the folks at Yahoo! shared their personal talents and gifts with me so profoundly. You know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In leaving, I’m confident that Brickhouse is in good shape. The product teams (Fire Eagle and Yahoo! Live) are focused and cranking. Brickhouse continues to attract new talent and strong support from Yahoo! management. I’m pleased to be handing the reins over to Mike Folgner, who was CEO of Jumpcut, where he took Jumpcut from idea to product to acquisition by Yahoo! The team won’t miss a beat without me. Tom Coates , Eric Fixler, and the other folks on the team are rock stars.

If you’re familiar with Etsy, you know they are in New York. Brooklyn, to be exact. That means I will be moving to New York. On a personal level, the quiet tug back east has been persistent recently. My mother-in-law passed away in mid-May, my first loss of someone I cared about so deeply. At the same time my mother was battling a terrible illness and spent a few months in the hospital back home in NC, only to be cured by a last-ditch treatment. When miracles happen, it changes your perspective. And how can you go wrong living in New York? To quote John Lennon in the recorded version of his not-quoted-very-often song “New York City,” — “what a bad-ass city!” That pretty much sums it up.

I’ll be in the Bay Area for a few more weeks before heading out to New York. To my Bay Area friends and colleagues, you have given me so much in my time here, I can’t thank you enough. The time I spent out in California this past ten years has literally been life-changing. To my New York friends, I look forward to reconnecting. To quote a famous New Yorker, “today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.”