Brooklyn's Best Entrepreneurs

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Rob Kalin of Etsy

Rob Kalin, who says he grew up in a "woodshop" and makes furniture and stencils in his spare time, founded Etsy in 2005 as an online place for makers and buyers to connect directly. The online social commerce site specializes in handmade arts and crafts and vintage items. Its offices, which are based out of Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), are also home to "Etsy Labs," where members can take workshops, teach skills, and fashion crafts.