Chad Dickerson was the CEO of Etsy from July 2011 to May 2017, leading the company in its mission to reimagine commerce while growing it into a global community of creative entrepreneurs and their customers. During that period, he grew the company from a chaotic startup to a global publicly-traded company, growing Etsy artisans’ sales more than 9x and company revenue 14x. Under Chad’s leadership, Etsy was known for its company culture and commitment to social responsibility. Etsy made the Best Places to Work list every year from 2013 to 2016 and the company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012, recognizing the power of business to generate social good.
Chad was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Etsy from September 2008 until July 2011, leading a team that built Etsy’s core platform in its critical early years. Before joining Etsy, Chad led Yahoo’s Brickhouse & Advanced Products incubators, and the Yahoo! Developer Network.
Chad came to Yahoo! from InfoWorld Media Group (IDG) where he served as CTO for nearly five years and wrote a popular weekly column for CTOs. Prior to InfoWorld, Dickerson served as CTO of Salon.com and in various technology positions at CNN, CNN/Sports Illustrated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer.
In addition to the Jalopy board, Chad also serves on the board of St. Ann’s Warehouse, the non-profit theater in Brooklyn. He is also a Cornell Tech Fellow, helping the Dean of the new university campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC grow and scale the institution in its early days. Chad holds a BA in English literature from Duke University where he focused on the works of Shakespeare.