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Sat June 29 2019 17:13:59

Chad Dickerson Discusses Being Fired from Etsy

By: Ina Steiner

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In a world filled with corporate-speak and euphemisms, former Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson was having none of it when describing the circumstances of his departure from the online marketplace in 2017.

In a blog post last week, Dickerson wrote about a new book by Jerry Colonna, a CEO coach he worked with for 6 years beginning in 2011 when he took the helm of Etsy. He explains that chapter 2 of the book, called "Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up," starts off with a story about Dickerson's ouster:  

"Chapter 2, "The Crucible and the Warrior," leads off with the story of Jerry and me sitting on the rooftop at Etsy after I knew I had been fired** but hadn't yet told the company. Lots of things got written about me and Etsy through that period - some true, some shaped to better fit the corporate narrative that was needed at the moment - but what Jerry writes in Chapter 2 of his book is the most real and true thing ever written about me."

The asterisks lead to a footnote in the blog post where Dickerson wrote:

"The fact that I publicly said I had gotten fired versus some "decided to pursue other opportunities" corporate bullshit is largely due to the sense of truth I gained from working with Jerry. Life is full of pain - lean into it. If you got fired, speak the truth. It always catches up to you anyway."

It's not news that the board ousted Dickerson; at the time, he was quoted in the Etsy press release that the Board had "decided that it was time for new leadership to take Etsy forward and I support that decision," but it's somewhat unusual to hear an executive use the F word ("fired").

There's a lot for sellers to like or dislike about Dickerson's time at the company, depending on their perspective - his biggest legacy: under his leadership, Etsy loosened its definition of handmade. 

Dickerson was replaced by Josh Silverman, a former eBay executive who some sellers believe has made the site too commodity-oriented. For example, Silverman has focused on fast and free shipping, which is a strain on many sellers of vintage and handmade goods. One little-mentioned accomplishment: Silverman has been able thusfar to fend off any activist investors that might come looking for prey, as eBay has been experiencing.

It's always interesting to hear what sellers say about marketplace CEOs, from eBay's Meg Whitman, John Donahoe, and Devin Wenig, to Etsy CEOs, and how sellers' opinions may change after CEO departures.



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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jun 29 22:01:17 2019

In addition to opening the floodgates for mass produced Chinese crap, Dickhead also managed to ruin the already screwed up search function by allowing the programmers to constantly disrupt the system.

By his own admission, the engineers were encouraged to screw around as much as they wanted to with the various algorithms, regardless of the downstream effects on the users- buyers and sellers.

How this fool came into such a position of power without someone noticing that the Emperor wasn't wearing any clothes, beats me.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Life During Wartime

Sun Jun 30 00:37:37 2019

We all knew what Dickerson was about in 2010 after he shared some of his favorite items in a Treasury, including a robot watch pendant necklace listed in a reseller shop.  Not being handmade, vintage, or a crafting supply/tool, it wasn't supposed to be listed for sale on Etsy.  

And Dickerson was still in charge when Etsy stopped removing most reseller listings and shops in Summer 2015.



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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sun Jun 30 05:41:03 2019

It's About Time Chad.
We NEED YOU.
You are a member of the Compassionate.
Etsy made sense when You had the wheel.
Etsy was fun AND profitable when you were there.
Now it's neither.
FIRE SILVERMAN ! ! ! !
Bring back Chad.
OR : CHAD MAKES A NEW WEBSITE FOR US ! ! !
And I'll be the First One to sign up  :o)

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Sun Jun 30 05:45:34 2019

NO PAYPAL !

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by: StickAForkInIT This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jun 30 12:39:41 2019

I agree.   Etsy is now just an eBay Lite.

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This user has validated their user name. by: NoMoreEbay

Sun Jun 30 15:20:00 2019

I read this "Chad Dickerson Discusses Being Fired from Etsy"

But my brain processed this "David Wenig Discusses Being Fired from ebay amid his upcoming trial for fraud, collusion and operating the 2nd largest counterfeit outlet in the world."

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by: Freeeeeeeee This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jun 30 23:54:45 2019

Is this the guy who burdened me with etsys cassini like search engine?  Ah, now it makes sense.

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by: rover This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 1 04:26:05 2019

Ohhhhh - so you got fired? And now your down to your last million. My heart positively bleeds for you. Pass the bucket someone.

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by: MRV This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Jul 1 08:36:29 2019

The individual responsible for the downward spiral of the site, now writes a book about himself as if anyone cared?

Notice how often he refers to himself (me, I) rather than the site he caused irreparable damage to. He was given a golden parachute in which to flee the bomb site he created, yet we're supposed to be interested in ''him''.

I can't imagine anyone dropping a dime or giving up precious time to read the dribble of a millionaire narcissist.

Perhaps Dickerson should follow the advice from the second half of his title regarding, ''Growing Up'', since he failed miserably in the ''Leadership'' part.

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by: epuise This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 1 09:59:45 2019

He left Etsy... his life situation is of no importance to any of us... He made way more off the Site than 99% of the Sellers...

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Mon Jul 1 11:36:25 2019

All these negative Nellies helped remove Chad.
They are moot.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 1 11:49:18 2019

Why do these companies just regurgitate ceos from each other? Its rediculous. Fire one imbecile and hire someone from ebay? LOL how dumb can you be.

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by: purpleiris This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Jul 1 22:23:59 2019

Chad wasn't the one who made Etsy what it once was -- its founders did (Rob Kalin, et al). Chad was the beginning of the end of a great selling site. After screwing up search so bad and allowing so much crap on the site, he was replaced by a former eBay executive -- the final nail in the coffin.

Chad is the last thing Etsy needs back. He's a techie who used Etsy as his personal playground, encouraging his underlings to do the same. Now the site is a mess and just keeps getting messier. Great job, Chad! Too bad Silverman isn't doing much better.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Tue Jul 2 03:23:02 2019

Etsy was WAY better Before Silverman took over.
I WAS THERE.

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by: P.Dorf This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 2 09:47:09 2019

Should he be glad he got out in time?

Some interesting reading here:-

https://sydneyschuster.wordpress.com/

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This user has validated their user name. by: Life During Wartime

Tue Jul 2 11:09:24 2019

P. Dorf:  Thanks much for the link.  I am reading there now.  



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