Now Naficy has another startup, Minted, an art-driven online marketplace that competes with companies like Etsy. The twist: Minted runs contests to crowdsource the best designs from a community of hobbyists.

Your Votes Are The Secret Sauce For This Startup's Design Marketplace
Forbes, October 2015

The crafty online marketplace, which used to sell art and stationery exclusively, has just announced its plan to expand into a $100 billion market by adding thousands of home décor products.

Minted Cracks Into the $100 Billion Home Goods Market
Inc, October 2015

And today, the company is expanding from physical goods into digital. For the first time, it will crowdsource designs for wedding websites and sell them, much as it would physical stationery.

Are Online Marketplaces the Future of E-Commerce?
Wired, July 2015

Minted enables independent artists around the world to design original work, then provides them with an operations platform that handles fulfillment and customer service.

Going Against the Flow: Mariam Naficy, Founder & CEO of
Huffington Post, July 2015
JULY 2016

Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen Debut Exclusive Wall Art Collection by Minted

Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen, members of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, in partnership with Minted, the design marketplace that connects consumers with the world’s best artists, today launched a new product collaboration featuring wall art created by Minted’s community of independent artists designed for nursery, kid and teen rooms. The winning artwork, available today at Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen is the result of the “Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x PBteen Wall Art Challenge” that launched February 2016. More than 7,300 works of art were submitted by artists around the globe through Minted's unique crowdsourcing platform, resulting in 55 winning pieces to be sold at Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen.

MAY 2016

Minted Launches San Francisco Pop-Up, Minted Local

Minted, the global marketplace of independent artists known for the quality of its curated designs, today opened its first brick-and-mortar store, Minted Local. Minted Local celebrates and brings to life the company's mission to enable the creative independence of consumers and artists alike. The pop-up, located at 222 Grant Avenue in San Francisco’s Union Square shopping district, will be open through October 2016 and feature art, home goods, and stationery from Minted’s community of independent artists and designers, with a strong focus on the work of regional California artists, including original art and one-of-a-kind decorative items for the first time in Minted’s history.

MAY 2016

Minted Launches Minted Wholesale

Minted Wholesale enables small boutiques and large retailers, alike, to sell stationery, art, and home decor designed by Minted’s community of thousands of independent artists. All products are manufactured by Minted, which is known for its exacting quality standards, innovative product formats, and use of luxe materials.

MARCH 2016

Minted Acquires Home Décor Design Site, Guildery

Minted, the design marketplace that connects consumers with the world’s best independent artists, today announced its acquisition of Guildery, a destination site enabling designers and consumers to create and customize fabrics and home decor. Minted entered into the $100 billion home decor market in August 2015, with the introduction of Minted Home, which since the time of launch has grown from 40,000 to more than 80,000 unique SKUs. Minted’s community of independent artists around the world creates textile designs that Minted manufactures on-demand to produce high-quality pillows, curtains, table linens, lampshades, and more. The addition of Guildery marks Minted’s commitment to expanding its home decor business.

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