Yes! Our buds at Threadless made the cover of Inc. Magazine as “The Most Innovative Small Company in America.” We’re so happy for them!
Read the full article by Max Chafkin online.
Note: Jake and Jeffrey (the cover boys above) will be speaking at the Seed Conference on June 6th here in Chicago. There aren’t many seats left so pick up one up while you can.
johnon 21 May 08
that is awesome, I have always wanted to make t-shirts!
Mike gowenon 21 May 08
Kick ass! They totally deserve it!
bon 21 May 08
wow. it’s interesting to see companies that don’t feel new get treated novelly in the press and be interpreted for commentary. i remember perusing threadless in highschool ~5 years ago, and adding the first group to thefacebook from my school in 04.
StevenRayon 21 May 08
That’s awesome, I hope Jeffrey is learning to breath when he does a speaking event. :)
sachinon 21 May 08
WOW! amazing, it is their hard earned effort.
Gary M.on 21 May 08
Fantastic – these guys deserve it – an inspiration to all.
Benjyon 21 May 08
I still remember meeting the Threadless guys for the first time at the 37Signals/Coudal offices about 4-5 years ago for a presentation about agencies developing products to sell on the side. Threadless was still this small little thing back then… $30million in t-shirts now! Wow!
But what I think is the most incredible is that they have created a fundamentally different business model that empowers customers to create the products they want.
Peter Urbanon 21 May 08
Great to hear how well thy do with such an ‘old school’ product and completely without a ‘social network’ – amazing
RJ Owenon 21 May 08
Big congrats Threadless!
Michaelon 23 May 08
Yes, great job using the work of young naive designers and illustrators to make your fortune and disgrace the integrity of their professions.
Artists don’t need to get paid unless they win a competition! ?!? Art isn’t real work? No one will ever pay for a tshirt design again. And if this “innovative” business model keeps up, no one will need to pay for any kind of design work again.
Jeffreyon 23 May 08
Michael, I wrote and re-wrote my response to you about 5 times, but now I’m simply content with this: You have no idea what you’re talking about.
If you feel like discussing this, please feel free to shoot me an email: jeffrey [at] skinnycorp [dot] com or AIM me: fancyjeffrey
Joshon 27 May 08
Michael, I see you have at referenced the no-spec site and though I agree with you in a broad way, I disagree in many others.
Art/design suffers much too often by not being seen as a professional pursuit by many. I practice it and of course I run into this all the time when dealing with clients. Though last I checked, i’m getting paid, Pentagram is getting paid and advertising agencies are getting real paid. Nobody is not getting paid, but perhaps you aren’t.
Regardless that their business model seemingly shares a Craigslist logo contest vibe, nobody is forcing the designers to create ideas. What you seem to be saying though is that there are professional t-shirt designers out there. Really? I haven’t met one officially.
Threadless is a hardly the harbinger of death as it relates to creativity or art and design. Some of the winning entries are very quality items that are produced by some very talented individuals. Plus you have to give it up to them for supporting the local artists by having their prints, screenprinted by hand which in turn gives them money to run and build their own businesses.
Why don’t you go after Elance or logoworks, if you really want to fight the good fight.
This discussion is closed.