Who's the Boss?

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Rob Kalin Etsy

Rob Kalin is perhaps one of the few start-up founders to be replaced not once, but twice in his tenure as CEO. Kalin founded Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods, in 2005, along with Chris Maguire, Haim Schoppik, and Jared Tarbell. In July 2008, Kalin was moved out of the CEO position to be replaced by Maria Thomas, an executive from NPR, only to be reinstated less than a year later when Thomas left. In July 2011, Kalin was replaced by the company’s CTO, Chad Dickerson.