It must be understood that for a founder, Rob Kalin is more of a visionary than a nuts and bolts engineer. On an earlier Etsy story, here’s what was written:
“Just five years ago, a very broke Rob Kalin and two friends launched the DIY online retailer from scratch. Five years since, Rob Kalin has fallen out with his co-founders and left the day-to-day running of Etsy to his former COO so he can focuses on giving small businesses a leg up.”
There have also been issues in the past about Kalin’s leadership style and Etsy’s business model, which rigorously made sure none of the handicrafts sellers ever grew to a size beyond, well, DIY handicraft selling.
But none of these dated controversies matter as much since Etsy is earning somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million a year.
Though a statement from Kalin himself is unavailable, news of his second stepping down from office broke on Thursday. Not much of a recent development since then. Stay tuned for updates on this front.