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My Teespring Experiment


My favorite type of company is one that empowers their users to make money from them. Think YouTube, eBay, Fiverr, and more. People can make some good side cash or even make it their career.

Last week I caught up with Walker Williams, the founder of Teespring. I had previously written about Teespring when they were still at Brown, before getting into YC. YC came and went, Teespring kept growing and were even highlighted in the New York Times Magazine in a feature piece on the YCombinator program. Things are going well over at Teespring.

Anyways, one of the things Walker mentioned was that a bunch of people have been making some crazy money on Teespring by putting together campaigns (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) that include funny or topical things. He mentioned paying out tens of thousands of dollars in profit to various individuals.

Being the curious person that I am, I am experimenting to see if I can make some of that magic happen by putting out a funny/topical sweatshirt. 

The sweatshirt has the words ”Unicorn Investor” and a nice unicorn under it. This is homage to Aileen Lee’s article in TechCrunch about Unicorn Investors. You can buy it here (Thanks to Adam Waxman for sending over an awesome png of a unicorn).

If you are looking to make some extra side cash, I would go check out Teespring, come up with a catchy or funny shirt/sweatshirt/other item and see if you can move some units.

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