Kellan Elliott-McCrea joins the Etsy team
Kellan Elliott-McCrea (blog, Twitter) will be joining us at Etsy on Monday as VP of Engineering, here at Etsy HQ in beautiful Brooklyn (where Kellan currently lives). Kellan is awesome, and I couldn’t be happier to have him on the team at Etsy!
Kellan comes to us from Flickr, where he was architect and the first developer hired after Flickr was acquired by Yahoo. At the time, Flickr was really just ramping up to where it is today. Flickr now has over 5 billion photos, over 50 million registered users, 45,000 photos per second served across 10 data centers, and 220,000 database queries per second at peak. Kellan was instrumental in building Flickr up to the huge scale it is at today, and built many of the key systems there himself. Kellan also co-authored the OAuth spec, one of the key standards on the web today. Kellan’s work on OAuth demonstrates another one of his strengths: he thinks deeply about the best ways to do things for the larger web and collaborates with others to design systems that solve big, important problems in simple and powerful ways.
Most importantly, Kellan is a person who is abnormally focused on getting things done. There are very few people in the world who have been on the front lines building lasting infrastructure and shipping features at the scale of a site like Flickr (Flickr experienced over 100x growth while Kellan was in the trenches there!) Kellan is one of those rare people, and a kind, thoughtful person to boot. Aside from his technical chops, Kellan also really gets what we are trying to do at Etsy, both in terms of our engineering culture and the larger Etsy mission. You can see this in Kellan’s own words (part of his blog post about joining us):
I’m excited about working on another site built, sustained and funded by a passionate community (not by selling users as grist to a third party), the ridiculously huge potential to build a platform for person to person, and community based commerce, the locally sourced company lunches, a kick-ass engineering team that is also expected to work on creative side projects (and silk screen their own shirts), visiting the San Francisco and Berlin offices, and supporting the continued transformation of Etsy’s technical infrastructure which is in the process of being completely re-thought, revamped, and reinvented.
We’re excited, too, for those reasons and more. Welcome, Kellan!