Skip to content
Subscriber Only

New York Tech Startups Look to Broadway for a Creative Edge on Silicon Valley

A funk medley performed by Etsy employees, left to right, Sarah Starpoli, Justin Kerr Sheckler, David Morgan, with Eric Beug in the background, on April 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Photographer: Zhi-Da Zhong/Etsy
A funk medley performed by Etsy employees, left to right, Sarah Starpoli, Justin Kerr Sheckler, David Morgan, with Eric Beug in the background, on April 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Photographer: Zhi-Da Zhong/Etsy

People bring their instruments to work at Etsy. Even the chief executive officer has a guitar in his office, which he started strumming at 8:30 a.m. on a recent morning and was soon joined by several others, making an impromptu band.

When the New York-based company has its monthly all-hands meetings, which it calls Y'all Hands for added quirkiness, the "house band" performs variety-show style to kick off and close the meeting, CEO Chad Dickerson said.