i'm still in total disbelief that chris and haim won't really be working for etsy after today. at very least, my weekly trips up to the labs, butreally just working at etsy in general will be completely different now, in ways we're probably not completely aware yet. while i don't actually know haim well (except to know that he is full of grumble, and that he's often on fire), it's funny to realize i've known chris for a couple years now.
in about march, 2006, when i was a total etsy newbie, i organized the first philly etsy team meeting (little did i know that etsy teams would eventually kind of consume my life...) and i suppose chris got word of it (we knew he lived in philly, so i think we invited him, almost as a joke?). much to our shock and delight, chris totally showed up, walking into the bean on south street and asking "are you etsy?" to our small group.
yep. we totally were. and he was so full of energy (even on little to no sleep). but he was just so excited to show us all the new stuff he'd been working on for the site (which does make me giggle in hindsight - i saw a glimpse of v.2 about 7 months before it launched, something that could absolutely, positively never happen now, of course). i think he was just psyched people were not only using the site, but were psyched about the site. which we very clearly were.
about a year later, i got to catch up with matt and chris at the shadowcraft show (i'm totally in that video, being a complete spaz) at the ICA at penn. talking to chris helped me realize that perhaps i very much could work for etsy, helping sellers get together and run the teams program. and so now i work for etsy. it's hard to imagine working there when chris does not; he, with haim, really did make etsy. he knows etsy inside and out. it's such an amazing thing to think about.
i'm so curious to see what they'll do next. i'm sure there will be loads of much-deserved waffle towers, video games (rock band!) and crazy walking between now and then. it's been quite an honor working for such incredible minds.