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Former Etsy CTO is joining the prescription drug marketplace, Blink Health

As Etsy talent starts leaving the nest in the wake of the  company’s initial public offering last year, they’re starting to land at new startups in the New York area. The latest Etsy exec to migrate to a privately held startup is former Etsy chief technology officer Kellan Elliott-McCrea, who’s heading over to Blink Health,  a company that’s using technology to create a marketplace for cheap prescription medications. …

Hand-Crafted Poké Ball May Be Peak Pokémon, But Is Still Totally Awesome

The artisan behind this Pokémon “Poké Ball” (aka Monster Ball) masterpiece is Jasper Hams. You can purchase one for about $133 on Etsy, which seems pretty reasonable given how fancy and perfect it is! report this ad Jim Jones writes, “I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller’s role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a …

Handmade, Amazon’s Etsy rival, expands into Europe

Amazon continues to try to turn the screws on its competition through its scale, and now it’s the turn of Handmade, the e-commerce giant’s marketplace for arts and crafts that competes most closely with Etsy.  Today, Amazon announced that Handmade would expand to Europe, starting first in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, where some 30,000 “genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from European artisans” …

Etsy buys Blackbird Technologies to bring AI to its search

It’s not just gigantic search engines that are looking to acquire tech and talent around emerging areas like speech recognition. Even design and craft marketplaces can use a little machine learning and artificial intelligence to make their wheels turn a little better. Today, the popular handmade goods site Etsy announced that it has acquired a startup called Blackbird Technologies, which has developed algorithms that can help Etsy develop better and more …

Anyone can prototype and build with Shaper’s Origin CNC machine

With side-hustles being all the rage these days, the new Shaper Origin makes it easier than ever to start building and selling cool gadgets in your free time. While you might not be able to build yourself a homemade Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s handheld CNC machine, you just might be able to build yourself a successful shop on Etsy. CNC machining is not a new concept, but it has …

Octopus George backpack

Belarusian crafter Orange Cat created the Octopus George felted backpack for “crazy octopus lovers” and “sailor man who loves the sea and marine creatures.” (via Crazy Abalone) report this ad Ursula Vernon’s amazing, wry poem, “This Vote Is Legally Binding,” is a double-barreled, remorselessly funny blast at the mansplainers, man-babies, and political correctness whiners of the world, written “In response …