Many people don’t know that the both of us were originally Buyers and lovers of CustomMade before we were Owners. When we purchased CustomMade in 2009, it was a small and static website with 350 woodworkers, but we saw the potential for so much more. Today, CustomMade helps more than 12,000 professional Makers of all trades and attracts millions of Buyers in search of custom goods. We’ve believed in the power and future of CustomMade for years and we’re pleased to announce that we have taken another big step to help make custom accessible for the masses.
We’re thrilled to say we’ve received $18 million in funding support from another group of CustomMade believers. Our financing round was led by Atlas Venture and returning investor, Google Ventures, with participation from Schooner Capital, Next View Ventures, First Round Capital and Launch Capital.
So, you’re probably wondering what this means for you. It’s pretty simple actually: You want to enjoy high-quality custom goods that celebrate individuality, reduce waste and increase the business of local Makers, all at a good value. We want to help you, and even more people, do all of that in an even easier way.
Succeeding in that requires incredible people and talent so we can deliver a flawless experience to Buyers and Makers alike. A lot of complicated work goes into developing and maintaining a website so our senior vice president of engineering & operations, Jim Haughwout, is actively seeking out passionate engineers to build creative code that makes CustomMade look amazing and work great. We’re building our product teams to help design a great online experience for both Makers and Buyers, and our marketing team to spread the word about buying custom.
We’re definitely keeping busy so stay tuned for a bunch of exciting updates in the coming months. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support and belief in a custom life.
- Mike & Seth, CustomMade co-founders
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