While our lifeblood is our strong network of dealers, trade clients, and global consumers, our driving spirit comes from the people who walk our halls everyday: our employees.
Membership to the 1stdibs team requires insatiable curiosity, focused ambition, and a passion for art, design, and technology. Just as our marketplace carries unique objects with wide-ranging provenance, our employees come from all walks of life to co-create the 1stdibs experience: MFAs mix with MBAs; gamers collaborate with classical pianists; industry veterans rub shoulders with recent college graduates. The work that we collaborate on share a common theme: they involve problems that challenge us to explore new, untapped areas while also supporting the needs of our existing dealers and clients. Recent projects include building a messenger platform for the global marketplace; designing product design pages that balance practical information with elegance and style; and developing a dealer dashboard communication tool to support Hyperwallet launch.
But working at 1stdibs isn’t just about the work. A typical day in our beautifully-appointed offices might include an interactive workshop on leadership skills; a Lunch & Learn on ballpoint drawings led by a colleague who wrote the authoritative book on the topic; a cold glass of craft beer at the end of the day from our in-office bar; and joining in on a game of basketball with the ‘Dibs on Dribs team. Other employee-initiated groups include Outdibs, our LGBTQ community; Dibversity, our diversity & inclusion team; Movie Club, which hosts monthly movie nights; The Most Beautiful Sings on Earth, our competitive karaoke team; among others.
Being a part of the 1stdibs team means strengthening an organization with deep, entrepreneurial roots. These roots continue to sprout new office locations, adjacent categories, and new buyer segments. We are each shaping the future history of 1stdibs through the work we do in building the global destination for those clients who must have 'first dibs' on treasures from around the world.
1stdibs is the premier luxury marketplace for rare and beautiful objects in furniture, fashion, fine art, and jewelry. We connect the world’s most respected dealers and makers with sophisticated collectors who share in the pursuit of beautiful design. In doing so, we partner closely with progressive dealers to define and shape the future of antique, vintage, and contemporary buying-and-selling.
We consider ourselves unique among other start-ups, because we’ve been around for 15 years, yet still exhibit strong entrepreneurial DNA that informs how we operate and function as a company. Some may call us a “mature start-up” -- one without the day-to-day uncertainty of a start-up, but with enough nimbleness and willingness to question the status quo that we can adapt quickly to unexpected changes.
It helps that we are led by a seasoned executive team that has seen it all: CEO David Rosenblatt formerly ran DoubleClick and negotiated its sale to Google for $3.2 billion. Other top executives have held senior roles at eBay, Gilt Groupe, FreshDirect, BarnesandNoble.com, MLB.com, Group Commerce, and Venmo. And, as we have grown, we’ve been lucky enough to attract the brightest talent from the start-up and art/design communities: Net-a-Porter, Rent the Runway, Groupon, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, McKinsey & Company, AmEx, among many others.
We are backed by several prominent venture capital firms like Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, Insight Ventures, and Spark Capital. Alibaba Group has also made a significant investment in 1stdibs. – less