Rob Kalin was a carpenter looking to sell his homemade crafts when he first started Etsy out of his living room. The platform has since ballooned into the leading destination for uniquely designed jewelry, clothing, art and home goods. Today the marketplace supports 1.5 million sellers and 22 million buyers who drive more than $1 billion in gross merchandise sales each year.
Accel first invested in 2008 with Accel’s Jim Breyer joining Etsy’s board of directors. Etsy went public in April 2015.