Kellan Elliott-McCrea joins the Etsy team

Posted by on July 16, 2010

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, Candidate for a Kellan Headshot?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!

Posted by on July 16, 2010
Category: engineering, people


Congrats ! You sure got a nice new VP of engineering 🙂

WOW!! Welcome, Kellan, I am really excited about this! Thanks for posting, Chad. 🙂
Happy to have you,
Celeste (Crickets)

Hey! I am a seller on Etsy, and also a Computer Science major at the U. of Florida, and was wondering if you guys ever do internships or co-ops for college students?

We do have internships occasionally, on a case-by-case basis.

Wow, what a big win for Etsy and it’s buyers and sellers. I am so excited to see what wonderful things are in store for us!

You have no idea how happy this makes me. Selling a steady volume of product at Etsy I deal with the little quirks of inefficiency daily. I look forward to the improvements. Thank you!!

Special request! The thing that would save Etsy sellers the most time, money, and energy: an option for “Automatic Relist Upon Sale” during the initial listing set-up. Bada-boom, bada-bing: you get back from dropping the baby off at daycare, and you’ve already sold 3 of the item you’ve got 10 premade of, instead of losing all that lag time with having to manually relist. Automate, streamline, simplify.

(also, under Items in Your Etsy, “Saved Listings” for half-finished listings that get lost when all the moms have to get up to make dinner, or when the kids get on the computer and close out of the window…)


Reading through all your blogs am not sure if you guys have usability engineering team. Do you?