Threadless, the Chicago-based make-your-own t-shirt company beloved by hipsters and people who love hipsters, has a new CEO: Thomas Ryan, a veteran of of Virgin Mobile and EMI Music who’s spent the last year or so as an entrepreneur in residence at Bessemer Venture Partners.
Threadless is a make-your-own t-shirt company with a twist: Users can vote on their favourite shirts, which means that some shirt designers become stars (in the t-shirt design world). The NYT has a nice summary of the company here, and the stuff Threadless makes looks pretty appealing to us. It would look more appealing if we weren’t so old and hopelessly out-of-touch, but whatevs, as we believe the kids say.
In any case, the shirts are phenomenally successful, apparently: We’ve seen estimates that peg annual revenues at $20 million and staff at about 3 dozen. And after reading those numbers, and reminding ourselves of the money that the CollegeHumor guys are making with their t-shirt business, we’re thinking that we might be approaching this Web startup thing from the wrong angle.
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