AN O’REILLY SUMMIT
November 12–13, 2015  •  San Francisco, CA
Chad Dickerson

Chad Dickerson
CEO, Etsy

Website | @chaddickerson

Quotes from Chad

I believe that companies can and should use the power of business to create social good.

The re-imagination of commerce means transforming every aspect of how goods are made, bought and sold. We believe that Etsy has the long-­term potential to transform the world economy into one that is more people­-centered and community­-focused—one that values and honors designers and makers and one that creates stronger connections among people who make, sell and buy goods. We see an economy that is more sustainable and transparent—and one that is more joyful. We call this the Etsy Economy.

When individuals share a collective vision, the power and possibility of community manifest in profound ways. The power of human connection is central to the Etsy experience.

In an age when drones, self-driving cars, and virtual reality headsets are threatening to erase every opportunity to interact with another person, I think we should be using technology to create and celebrate the personal bonds forged through our businesses and communities.

Biography

Chad is CEO, President and Chairman of Etsy, leading the company in its mission and growing it into a global community of creative entrepreneurs and their customers.

Under Chad’s leadership, marketplace sales by Etsy’s community of more than a million sellers have grown significantly. The company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012 and, in both 2013 and 2014, Etsy was named one of the Best Small & Medium Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute. In April 2015, Chad was appointed as a member of the US Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama.

Prior to becoming CEO in 2011, Chad was Etsy’s CTO. Before joining Etsy, Chad led Yahoo’s Brickhouse & Advanced products team, and the Yahoo! Developer Network. Notably, he created the Yahoo! Hack Day initiative, the first internal innovation program of its kind.

Almost entirely self-taught in all things tech, Chad was an early advocate for the power of the Internet as a disruptive platform. He began his career in media, holding technical positions at InfoWorld Media Group, Salon.com, CNN, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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