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604 days ago

Hey guys,

I work for a woodworking/artisan related internet startup (CustomMade.com). We are funded by Google Ventures. I have been here since 2009 and I wanted to see if anybody might be interested in learning more about the type of things we do here to acquire customers and artisans alike. I would be happy to write some topics about pitfalls and what has worked.

Currently we have 500,000 visitors a month and 4,000 active artisans but I have seen it grow from about 30k and 300 respectively.

Thanks guys happy to write.
Eric


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#1 posted 575 days ago

I didn’t realize Google did this kind of investing. I am impressed.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 575 days ago

I think that Google is interested in craftspeople because there are multiple themes/revolutions happening in the retail sphere. The internet has helped people connect with makers they didn’t even know existed before.

Also Google Ventures is a pretty noble company. They only invest in companies they think are good for humanity, instead of basing their decisions purely on an investment/return standpoint like most VCs.

eric@custommade.com

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#3 posted 575 days ago

I’ll have to agree with you on that one dragons.

As far as the “ventures” arm, its actually a separate entity from Google. A lot of times they will make an investment because it’s a good one and not necessarily to directly power the Google brand ahead.

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